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Christine was born and raised in Ogal village, Osiri sub location of Kisumu West constituency in a family of eleven children. The mother of three is married in Kobong’o village, Nyando constituency of Kisumu county. Christine schooled at Ng’iya Girls Boarding School and later joined Ng’iya Girls High School for her O Levels before proceeding on to Sacho High School where she pursued her A Levels. Upon completion of her secondary school education, she joined the University of Nairobi, pursuing a Bachelor of Law Degree.

Christine is disturbed by the poor governance and the underdevelopment of Kisumu county which she terms as a sleeping giant, motivating her to contest for the Governor’s position in order to work towards tapping the county’s potential and positively transforming it. Her vision is to see the residents of Kisumu county enjoy safe and clean water, good health and prosperity.

Christine is the co-founder of Nyanza Education Women Initiative (NEWI) that primarily mentors the girl child across Nyanza Province and several other counties. During her term in the organization, she has successfully secured sponsorship for several girls enabling them to access quality education. She has been in the forefront of ensuring that children are able to access quality education, even donating land for the building of a secondary school – Ogal Secondary School and supporting two teachers for two years and a half after which the government took up the school.

She is the current Chairlady of Maendeleo ya Wanawake Kisumu county where she has been engaged in advocating for women issues. Under her leadership, there is on-going development to build permanent Maendeleo ya Wanawake offices in Kisumu where the group plans to put up a rehabilitation centre for women and a micro finance institution for women groups.

Christine also serves as the Chairperson of Nyar County Women Group covering Western Kenya through which professional women from the region give back to the community through various projects.

She is the founder and patron of Sulwe SACCO that provides interest friendly loans to different women groups and individual business persons.

Aside from this, Christine serves on various boards including sitting as the Board Chair for Onjiko High School, Ogal Secondary School and Nyalenda Girls Secondary School. An elder at AIC Rateng and Ogal churches in Kisumu county, she is among the founder committee members of AIC Kasarani Women Prayer Centre which is building a 1000 capacity conference facility as its income generating venture.

Development Agenda:  

Water

Kisumu county lacks a constant supply of clean water for domestic use with residents dependent on rain water most of the time. Residents of the county do not also have adequate water preservation mechanisms for agriculture, depending on a rain-fed agriculture which is fast becoming irregular and unpredictable due to climate change. Upon election, Christine intends to work with various stakeholders and the county government to put up a modern water plant to supply water for domestic use from Lake Victoria. She also hopes to work with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries to activate the irrigation schemes in the area so that the county can tap into modern farming techniques to become food secure. She also intends to restore the Ahero Rice Schemes to help revive the rice trade in the area. Her vision is to provide water, enabling the residents to participate in horticulture farming where the cold rooms currently being constructed at the Kisumu International Airport will be fully utilized.

Empowerment

Majority of Kisumu county youth are jobless and have resulted to idling around the villages. This creates a high dependency rate on the household heads and bread winners. As a result, there is a high level of poverty with most of the county remaining under-developed. Christine commits to engage the youth in economic activities such as large scale farming especially on agribusiness to help create job opportunities for the youth. She also intends to establish a micro finance institution through Sulwe SACCO to enable women access interest friendly credit facilities.

As part of youth empowerment, she hopes to reorganize the vibrant boda boda motorcycle operators by creating an EPZ motorcycle zone in Kisumu that will assemble the motorcycles and bicycles, creating lucrative jobs for the youth. In the long term, Christine also intends to lobby for the establishment of value addition industries for locally grown produce, packaging and marketing them for export and through this, creating jobs for the Kisumu residents.

Security

Kisumu county has several underground criminal gangs that harass residents even in broad daylight. This has brought about high insecurity levels in the county. Upon election, Christine intends to lobby the national government to scale up the number of police patrols and police posts in the county for improved security. She also aims to work closely with the residents in the county to introduce community policing that will use community engagement to improve security while using her office to install security lights and flood lights across the county to further boost security.

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