BOLD WOMAN: I defied cultural barriers to be Pokot's first female Speaker

Speaker Catherine Mukenyang with her predecessor Robert Katina after she was sworn in. PHOTO| OSCAR KAKAI

What you need to know:

  • Mukenyang is not afraid to order members to observe decorum and stick to the assembly rules, their gender notwithstanding.
  • The 46-year-old has made history as the first woman to be elected to the county assembly’s speakership, as MCAs broke from the tradition of rewarding men with top jobs.

In the Pokot culture, it is unacceptable for a woman to order a man to sit down.

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