The Chancellor of Garissa University and renowned politician Professor Hellen Sambili has thrown her weight behind the Team Embrace group that descended on Garissa County on Saturday.

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Speaking to residents at Garissa Primary School, Prof Sambili urged the people of the county to support the group of female leaders.

"I have come here as a woman from Baringa but also as a woman from Garissa. Let us welcome the people of Embrace (Nimekuja hapa kama mama kutoka Baringo lakini kutoka Garissa pia. Tupokee watu wa Embrace), " the Garissa University chancellor said. 

Hellen Sambili's support will come as a big boost to Team Embrace, a political grouping of women leaders supporting the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga.

She is a veteran politician from the Rift Valley having served as minister in the Kibaki government.

President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed her the chancellor of the Garissa University after she failed to capture a political seat in his Baringo backyard.

She expressed her gratitude to the head of state for bestowing upon her the honour of being the higher learning institution's chancellor.

Prof Sambili also thanked the president and the ODM supremo for putting aside their political differences and shaking hands.