Former Nominated Member of Kisumu County Assembly Farida Salim has been appointed the Executive Member for Roads.
The position fell vacant following the exit of Dr Joyce Osogo who is eying Homa Bay Woman Representative position in August 9, polls.
Speaking to Lake Region Bulletin, Farida confirmed accepting the appointment, saying she is up to the task ahead.
“I am humbled to have been honoured and trusted with this position, and I am now waiting for the assembly to clear me,” she said.
She said Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o’s move is a boost to women leadership, and that she will do her best not to disappoint.
“Women must deliver. We do not want positions to sit on them, but to ensure services get to the people,” she added.
Who is Farida?
Farida was born in 1975 to two teachers. Her father retired from teaching while heading Jamhuri High School in Nairobi, in 1998, while her mother who was a teacher at Kisumu Day Secondary School died in 1995 while still in service.
She attended Kaloleni Muslim Primary School till 1988 before joining Kisumu Girls’ High School, sitting for her national examination in 1991.
She then joined Kenyatta University to pursue Bachelor of Education Arts, French and Secretarial, graduating in 1997.
In 1999, she got her first teaching job at Bumbe Technical Institute in Western Kenya to teach Secretarial, before transferring to Kisumu Polytechnic a year later to teach Secretarial and Business Management.
In early 2000, she resigned from the teaching job, and joined politics.
The mother of two is currently a member of Kisumu City Board, and also Kisumu County Education Board.