Edinah Nyaboke Kangwana the Kisii County minister in charge of Administration, Corporate Services, and stakeholder management formerly of Trade and industry docket has been tasked to chair the Highly popularized task force commissioned by Governor James Ongwae to Probe the illegal lynching of elderly citizens on allegations of witchcraft in Marani-Kisii county.
On Tuesday, Ongwae said the task force will broadly look at the aspect of witchcraft in Kisii county. It will majorly focus on Marani Subcounty in Kitutu Chache North where a horrible recent incident happened.
The team was tasked to unravel the myths and misconceptions residents have towards the elderly as far as witchcraft is concerned. They will seek to know why poor senior citizens especially women are labeled as witches. They will further find out cross-cutting issues of poverty, unresolved disputes, culture, land disputes, drug abuse, Security, and enforcement of the law.
The Taskforce has members from diverse backgrounds ranging from; experts in leadership and Governance, Rich legal minds, Civil society experts, youth leadership, cultural experts, political leaders, gender experts, and other important special skills like communication.
Mr. Samuel Bosire of the Gusii council of elders was tasked to bring a cultural perspective.
Hon. Catherine Nyamato and Hon. Magdalene Mwebi are among the veteran women leaders from Gusii who broke the glass ceiling in women and politics. To date, they continue to give a humanitarian voice to society. Kerubo Abuya and Harun Ndubi representing civil society organizations, Mr. Edward Begi a veteran legal mind and serving as Governor’s legal advisor will back the team.
Hon. Dennis Ombachi serving his second term as the MCA Marani ward, Gusii council of elders rep, Kevin Mosomi the youth president, Florence Abuya maendeleo ya wanawake, Dr. Kodek Omwancha Chief of staff, Nyakweba CO stakeholder and other county officers bringing on board aspects of public health, land, devolved units administration, Enforcement, Civic education, communication, and culture.
Edinah a former banker, a humanitarian, and an enthusiast of Community development issues especially relating to gender and youth has been credited for her passion to serve the community from the grassroots. She will lead the team to deliver in 30 days.
The selfless lady previously served as a member of the Kisii County Covid-19 emergency and response task force that was chaired by governor James Ongwae. As a coordinator she tirelessly worked to ensure effective response and management of the pandemic alongside addressing the emergent cross cutting issues.
She served as the chair of the Kisii Mashujaa Celebration committee that successfully delivered the 2020 Mashujaa national celebration held Kisii amid the pandemic.
Though there have been mixed reactions from residents, a number of them believe that the task force will change how society thinks and treats the elderly. Their report will inform policy formulation, bridge any gaps in the implementation of existing policies, laws, and legislations, guide and sensitize the public, protect the vulnerable and bring forth the supremacy of the constitution.