Bahati constituency parliamentary aspirant Irene Njoki is banking on her wealth of experience and government connection to succed incase she gets elected area Member of Parliament during the upcoming August General Elections.
Njoki, who is contesting the seat on the ruling party Jubilee is the only female candidate in the race and will be seeking to unseat incumbent MP Kimani Ngunjiri.
She said her priority will be education where she will equitably allocate bursary fees to needy children and also help in upgrading infrastructure of various schools in the constituency.
“Just the other day while I was admitting one of the many children I sponsor, I was told to get him the desk because of poor school infrastructure in the constituency. My priority will be to help needy pupils and students stay in school through equitable bursary allocation and also build high level classrooms to help them enjoy good learning environment” she said.
Njoki who has been running well-oiled campaigns by sponsoring local youth and women to technical courses, among other empowerment and charity programmes says her move to join politics was informed by her urge to change the leadership of Bahati.
The former personal assistant of Transport CS James Macharia noted that she is determined to face off with her male counterparts in a bid to become the constituency’s first female legislator.
She remained confident that her massive networks with various high profile government offices will help spur growth in a constituency where she is investing in community based activities like empowerment of youths and women groups besides sponsoring sports tournaments.
“Any successful politician must have cordial relationship with the national government in order to help bring development projects on the ground.Things have been opposite with the current office as the ruling lawmaker has been hostile with central government hence denying our people much needed goodies. I will change the situation when I take over in August” affirmed Njoki.
Njoki has previously worked in the private sector for 15 years before working as a Personal Assistant to Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Health and subsequently served in the Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Public Works department.
Last month,four matatu Saccos in Nakuru endorsed Njoki’s candidature as she promised to ensure that all Sacco members have medical cover and are able to gain access to credit if elected to office.
She will face off with the current MP Ngunjiri Kimani who unsuccessfully vied for the seat since 1997, clinching it for the first time in 2013 on The National Alliance (TNA) ticket before getting re-elected on a Jubilee ticket in 2017