Hon. Dorcas Kedogo was born in Sabatia in May 1962and grew up in a polygamous family. She started her education in Juja, now Thiririka Primary School till standard six when she transferred to Munugi Primary School in her hometown. She did her secondary education at Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School in Kisii, and Equator High School, Thika after which she joined Mosoriot Teachers’ Training College, graduating with a P1 certificate in 1984. She later enrolled at the University of Nairobi where she graduated with a Degree in Education. Widowed, she is a mother of five children, four boys and a girl. The celebrated maths teacher who is also the younger sister to Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga is passionate about development in Vihiga and joined elective politics having served as a representative of teachers under the Kenya Union of Teachers. Her vision is to work with everyone within Vihiga county to ensure development is achieved.
A humble teacher, she preferred to serve as a senior teacher, and not principal, for most of her later teaching career. Prior to joining politics, the former Mathematics teacher started an education project together with her late husband who was also a teacher. This saw many children from poor families educated. Hon. Kedogo was later to be ’pushed’ into elective office when her colleagues who had identified leadership qualities in her encouraged her to vie for the post of Woman Representative of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Vihiga District. She tried to avoid the KNUT election, even skipping the first meeting and not campaigning for the seat. However, due to her leadership qualities, she was still overwhelmingly voted in, a position she held for three consecutive terms between 2000 and 2012. Hon. Kedogo has initiated several development projects in Vihiga. This from helping to uplift the performance standards in schools where she has taught, Dorcas has also initiated a tissue culture banana cultivating projects that has quickly spread across Vihiga County. She has also initiated a rabbit rearing project, as well as a project for women who make bathroom mats. Hon. Kedogo sits in the Education, Research and Technology Committee, as well as the Budget Committees in parliament
Agriculture and food security is important for a healthy community. In order to ensure this is achieved, Hon. Kedogo intends to improve on the agricultural programs she has been running at the county level as the women representative and ensure there is improved agricultural practice within Vihiga county that includes ensuring adequate markets for produce. Through this food security and increased income will be achieved among the constituents.
There is a nee to improve the literacy levels within Vihiga constituency and ensure more children complete school. Upon her election, the career educationalist Hon. Kedogo intends to lobby for improved education including ensuring marginalized children such as orphans and vulnerable children are able to access quality education.
There is need to ensure access to sage and clean water all year round. Hon. Kedogo will lobby for allocation of more resources towards water access and conservation, while ensuring more residents access clean and safe water within Vihiga constituency.