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How Aisha Jumwa defeated early marriage to become CS

How Aisha Jumwa rose to a net worth of Sh100 million is a journey worth taking into account.

The former Malindi Constituency MP was recently appointed Cabinet Secretary for Public Service.

Aisha was born in a humble setting, exposing her a share of a difficult life.

From dropping out of school, to early marriage, her story is reminiscence of what many would not connect to her current status.

I was at home with no prospects to expand my horizon, so what awaited me as other rural girls was early marriage

Aisha Jumwa

It’s interesting to note that she is currently registered at Africa Nazarene University for Bachelor’s of Law degree.

This is quite intriguing considering her age and the current position she is seeking.

Early marriage

“I was born and raised in a historical fishing village known as Kakaungu in Kilifi North Constituency, Kilifi County,” said Aisha during the her vetting ahead of the CS appointment.

Aisha shocked to National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula chaired panel when she recounted how her parents were poor and struggled to provide for the family.

She attended a local primary school but had to drop out during her secondary education at Ganzi due to lack of school fees.

“I was at home with no prospects to expand my horizon, so what awaited me as other rural girls was early marriage,” she narrated painfully.

Just like others, with limited choice, she gave in and became a mother.

Glimpse of hope

The feeling of discontent as a house wife is what paved the way for her.

Matters affecting community and the vulnerable in the society took a toll on her.

She so much desired to be a voice to women, youth and the disabled.

It is at this juncture that her political journey was born. She joined politics to make transformation through policy making.

Against all odds

Despite her unfavorable background, in 1997 Aisha Jumwa contested and was elected as the first woman councilor in her community.

After serving for five years, she got re- elected as chairperson of Kilifi town council.

Again first woman to have that position.

In 2013, she was the first woman Kilifi Member of Parliament in the 11th Parliament and served in various departmental committee of Parliament.

In 2017, she was the first woman of a single constituency for Malindi in the 12th Parliament.

Aisha Jumwa

Achievements

During her tenure as member for Malindi, she founded Shuman Girls High school.

The school had been proposed and to be registered as a national school.

Her passion for young girls from humble background to get quality education couldn’t remain unnoticed.

Under Aisha Jumwa foundation, 10 acres of land has been set aside for construction of a rescue center for the victims of gender based violence and teenage pregnancy.

Today, Aisha is proud to have spearheaded a transformative agenda that entails a paperless and digital Parliament.

Undeniably, she is a true beacon of hope to the girl child community.

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