The National, Friday 14th June 2013
THE only female candidate for the Motu-Koitabu chairman’s seat, Ato Patricia Kidu, says she stands for the empowerment and prosperity of her people.
Kidu said she was ready for the challenge and did not feel intimated by the 13 male candidates, including incumbent Miria Ikupu.
She is from Hanuabada village but is contesting the Pari-Taurama electorate where she spent most of her life in Pari village then she married the late Gaudi Kidu.
Kidu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Management from University of Technology and is confident of breaking the strong cultural barrier that inhibits many of her womenfolk from taking leadership roles.
She said good leadership was needed to tap into areas that would empower Motu-Koitabuans to participate in development activities.
“This is a very critical time that a leader who knows the system and matches it with the needs of the people must be chosen,” Kidu said.
“A person who understands we are part of a bigger government structure which includes the National Capital District Commission and the Government; assistance can be obtained from both if we engage right people.”