Each of Kenya’s 47 counties selects a woman’s representative, and at 24, Ms. Linet Chepkorir will be the youngest of them.
After Linet Chepkorir’s victory in the race to represent the county’s women in parliament was officially announced, there were celebrations in the outlying community of Chemomul in western Kenya’s Bomet county. The village welcomed her back after her win with pomp, color, dancing, and tears.
She received 242,775 votes on Tuesday, defeating eight opponents, including several seasoned lawmakers. She will join the 290 constituency MPs in the National Assembly.
It will be her very first job ever. She is the third child of Richard and Bety Langat and hails from a poor family.
Ms. Chepkorir claimed it had been challenging taking on opponents with substantial financial resources and estimated that she had only spent 100,000 Kenyan shillings on her campaign. Friends and well-wishers assisted her.
The biggest obstacle she had when running for office was persuading her neighborhood and the general electorate. They doubted her ability to perform the job since she was unmarried, had no prior work history, and had little money to spare.
“Never give up on hope,” is her advice to all young women.