Hezena Lemaletian, the Queen of The North who dazzled the Azimio La Umoja convention held on Friday, December 10, 2021 at the Kasarani stadium in Nairobi, has stepped down from the Samburu Woman Representative race.
In a statement she shared on Thursday night, May 12, Hezena announced that she backed out of the race upon consultations with Azimio la Umoja- One Kenya coalition flagbearer Raila Odinga as well as elders.
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She noted that the decision was arrived at via consensus and with the best interests of the country at heart.
“After thorough consultations with my Party Leader RT. Hon. Raila Odinga and elders, I have taken the decision to withdraw from the race for the Samburu County woman representative, in the forthcoming 2022 elections.
“This decision was made via a consensus, in the patriotic interest of the country, and as a result of a much higher need to consolidate votes to achieve electoral success for the Azimio La Umoja Campaign,” she detailed on Facebook.
Hezena praised her achievements on her road to become the Samburu Woman Rep, including giving women and youth a chance to believe, a vision she spent three years developing.
“Over the past 3 years, I unfolded a vision to be the woman representative of Samburu County. We mobilised women and youth; we inspired thousands of people, who bought into my vision; and we met millions of people, in different parts of the country.
“We have raised hopes; generated belief; and we inspired enthusiasm and hope for a better county and country,” she noted.
She added that her works generated a movement which brought out the very best of her campaign team, her fellow women and youth, whom she had wanted to represent in Parliament and Samburu People at large who experienced unimaginable marginalisation despite devolution.
She went on to state that she found incredible inspiration, and saw the possibilities in a collective action.
Hezena was appreciative of everyone who contributed to the success of her campaign, noting that it will not be taken for granted.
“Believe me, when I tell you, that our work will not be in vain! My campaign’s first and foremost goal was to inspire hope to my Samburu people.
“I have witnessed a fresh desire for the Samburu people to demand for better leadership and stand up for their rights,” she said.
The beauty queen stunned the entire crowd with her looks, as she sported a blue dress coupled with Maasai-inspired ornaments but what set them alight was the bold speech she delivered during the event that drew supporters from across the country.
If she was eyeing a political spotlight for several weeks, she got one when she not only escorted Raila to the podium to deliver his highly anticipated speech but also delivered a thrilling one of her own that left the crowd begging for more from her.
She went ahead to declare that she was contesting for the Samburu Woman Representative seat in the upcoming 2022 general elections, a urged the youth to direct their support to the ODM leader, adding that he struggled selflessly to build a better Kenya for its citizens.
“I have a plan for the youth. Baba (Raila) has fought for our free education. Many of us can go to school because of that free education, and it is all thanks to Raila.
“He also fought for our democracy and devolution and we as youth would not be here celebrating today were it not for his struggle for us,” she added.