In his book ‘the 48 Laws of Power,’ Robert Green may have said ‘Seek attention at all costs’, but some members of the Limuru Golfing Club took this quote too literally and too far.
Even with the new constitution offering opportunity for more women representation and the world teeming with lots of NGO’s promoting economic empowerment, equity and equality, a bunch of chauvinistic males somewhere in the cold town of Limuru still hold onto the belief that ‘ a woman should only be seen and not heard’.
These merchants of discrimination, appearing in this time and age can best be described using Shakespeares’ words ‘ they are untimely snow in mid- summer.’
The gentlemen or otherwise, decided to do an unsavory thing by passing a bylaw barring women from seeking elective posts in the club. As though that was not enough, they even suspended the women who protested from the club and its reciprocating clubs like Thika, Vet Lab and Railways Club.
If you thought admitting your form one child or sister into a secondary school was a difficult task then you should try joining a golf club. This rich men’s game is reserved for the high and mighty for the simple reason of providing great networks and feeling good. Some clubs will only admit you upon recommendation of some of their long outstanding members; your curriculum vitae, several interviews and payment of a rather high membership and annual membership.
Having gone through all the trouble of registration and yet still facing such discrimination, I wouldn’t blame the three women, Rose Mambo, Caroline Ngugi and Martha Vincent for getting lawyer Philip Murgor to sue the club on their behalf. I wish them all the best.
As for the un-gentlemen who think so little of their mothers and sisters, you will definitely be swept aside by the wind of change because time and tide waits for no man.