The only elected female Member of County Assembly (MCA) in Taita-Taveta County is dead.

Wundanyi/Mbale Ward Representative Beatrice Mwabili died at a Nairobi hospital on Sunday afternoon of gallbladder cancer.

This, however, is not the first time cancer is robbing the county of a female lawmaker.

Barely four months ago, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) nominated MCA Anastacia Wakesho succumbed to breast cancer.

The deaths have dealt a huge blow to gender representation in the County Assembly.

Mwabili made history as the first elected woman MCA in the county.

She was the chairperson of the Legislation Committee.

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