Hon. Reginalda Wanyonyi studied at Lugulu Girls’ High School and later joined university for a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (Economics) from Kenyatta University. She taught briefly at her former high school before joining Moi University as an administrator. While among the staff, Hon. Wanyonyi both pursued Master’s and PhD degrees in Environmental Studies. She was a lecturer and integrity assurance officer at the university prior to joining politics
Married in a large extended family, and the mother of five children, Hon. Wanyonyi has helped her husband to bring up his orphaned younger siblings, carefully juggling her duties as a wife and mother with her teaching role at Moi University.Her vision covers the country where she plans to be an effective legislator who is able to deliver in her oversight role, to eradicate poverty, insecurity and corruption, and to promote harmonious living and cohesion between all the people of Kenya; with Indian nationalist, the late Mahatma Gandhi , Narc Kenya leader Hon. Martha Karua, and Senator Beth Mugo as her role models.
Her entry into politics was somewhat unplanned. In 2006, Dr. Reginalda Wanyonyi met her son’s friend who appeared to need assistance. On further investigation, she learnt that both the young man and his mother required assistance, with his mother – a widow living in pathetic conditions. This disturbed her and she sought a solution, reaching out to the area Member of Parliament. This was unsuccessful and it dawned on her that if she could not access him despite being well off in society, how much more the poor in the community. She then decided to be the voice of widows, vying for the Kiminini constituency parliamentary seat in 2007, or which she was unsuccessful. She came in 5th out of 13 contestants.
Hon. Wanyonyi then chose to start social projects in her area, encouraging women to start small saving schemes that supported livestock production and agribusiness for economic stability. The savings project has since evolved into the Bungoma County Women’s SACCO that has savings of Kshs10 million, with a lot of the money reinvested into development projects. Some of the smaller savings groups are saving towards purchase of vans for transport business. Elective leadership was not new to her though, as she had successfully vied for and served as the deputy secretary general of University Academic Staff Union (UASU), at Moi University. She has served in various boards, including the National Governing Council of NEPAD’s African Peer Review Mechanism; the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation; the Inter Christian Fellowships’ Evangelical Mission (ICFEM); and many secondary and higher learning institutions. As the chairperson of the fast growing Bungoma County Women’s SACCO, Hon. Wanyony has a big vision where she wants each woman in the county to know the power of saving for a better future. She has been working with various organizations to build the women’s capacities and increase their resources through poultry, dairy goat and cattle farming and hopes to put up a dairy plant upon re-election. Because of rampant violence against women and girls, the MP is also sensitizing parents and the community on the need to respect this group of people. For the youth, she continues to distribute textbooks to under-resourced secondary schools, in order to improve the grades that the studens in these schools produce. She also provides sanitary towels to give girls dignity and is working towards establishing a girls’ rescue centre to accommodate casualties of early pregnancies, particularly from the Mount Elgon area. With the support of the county government, the legislator established Mbakalo Girls’ Secondary School in the county.Hon. Wanyony sits in the Budgetary as well as the Environment, Water and Natural Resources Committee and is also an executive committee member of KEWOPA.
- Women Rep