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.