Mandera county has received the first female Assistant Chief in history.
Leila Kullow was selected in a competitive selection among men to triumph as Komor Location Assistant Chief.
Central Division Assistant Deputy County Commissioner Jeremiah Wangilla asked Leila to prepare herself for the new role.
He said the government is committed to gender parity and will always hire more females as Chiefs and wished Leila well in her new assignment.
Central Location Senior Chief Ali Noor said the selection of Leila will enhance service delivery especially to the female population. Noor said she will help the government curb crime in the border location.
Hussein Hassan, a resident, asked the government to employ more women as chiefs, adding that gone are the days when women were neglected in the society.
Zubeda Mohamed, a Political Activist, welcomed the new move as it will bring gender parity in the region and the country.
She asked her fellow females to go for higher elective posts in general elections, and added that women are capable of performing just as men.
In Mandera there are no elected females in all elective posts except for the women representative post.
In North Eastern men have dominated all elective positions, with the elders’ councils, mainly dominated by men having a say on who gets which position during elections.
By Dickson Githaiga