CS Aisha Jumwa taking an oath of office in State House, Nairobi. Courtesy Image

I have come a long way. I was born and raised in a humble setting in a historical fishing village known as Takaungu in Kilifi North, Kilifi County. My parents were poor. They struggled to provide for me and my 27 siblings”

CS Jumwa amid tears while being vetted in Parliament.

Jumwa’s latest appointment is the culmination of an eventful political career that dates to 2002 when she was the Councilor for Takaungu Ward, a position which is now referred as Member of County Assembly (MCA).

While at Kilifi local council, CS Jumwa sserved as chairperson, Kilifi Town Council in 2007 before taking a break to concentrate on her personal businesses.

She successfully made her political comeback to national politics in 2013 when she ran for Kilifi Woman Representative and emerged victorious.

In 2017, she successfully contested the Malindi parliamentary seat on an ODM ticket, but later fell out with the party structures and shifted her allegiance to the Jubilee government of former President Uhuru Kenyatta. Her actions completely severed her ties with ODM and she gradually transformed herself into then Deputy President William Ruto’s most loyal and trusted ally.

In the just concluded election, Ms Jumwa unsuccessfully ran for governor of Kilifi County on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket. She came second with 65,893 votes, losing to ODM candidate Gideon Mung’aro who garnered 143,773 votes.The former MP is among the few women in Kenyan politics who have gone against the odds to face men for key elective positions.But her unwavering loyalty to President Ruto has now paid off handsomely following her nomination for the position of Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, Gender & Affirmative Action. Congratulations Mama for your nomination to cabinet by the President, subsequent and successful vetting by Parliament and finally appointed and being sworn in as Cabinet Secretary.

CS Aisha Jumwa 1st day in Office. Courtesy Image

A week after being sworn in, CS Aisha’s diary is full and she developed a rapid plan of 100 days among them to transform the work norm, culture and impact in the public especially in huduma centres.

Cabinet Secretary Aisha Jumwa has announced that a public servants will receive a salary increment in the next 100 days.

Speaking after touring the Nairobi Huduma Centre on Monday, Jumwa noted that the government has planned to undertake a number of reforms to improve service delivery across the country.

“The public service is demoralized in matters salary and other benefits and I think in my 100 days in office I will initiate the plan to increase salaries of the public servants,” said Jumwa

The CS has also shown keen interest in matters that affect youth, women and persons living with disabilities in Kenya.

CS Aisha Jumwa touring Huduma Centres in Nairobi. Courtesy Image

Now, will she prove her doubters and naysayers wrong? From her mood, energy and zeal, CS will perform beyond expectations of the public. Watch this space.