Janet Jepkemboi was born and raised in Labwiyet village, Ngenyilel ward, Turbo constituency of Uasin Gishu ward in a family of nine. She schooled at the Holy Rosary Boarding Primary School and Turbo Girls Secondary School before proceeding to join Tumutumu High School where she sat for her A levels exams. She holds a Certificate in Guidance and Counselling from the University of Nairobi, Diploma in Agriculture Economics from Egerton University and an undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is perturbed by the high levels of poverty in her backyard of Turbo constituency hence her motivation to join politics and help raise peoples living standards hence she envisions a society where poverty will be a thing of the past.
Janet Jepkemboi is a long serving civil servant with 27 years of experience working with the Ministry of Agriculture in different capacities. She has served as a Locational Extension Officer, Rural Youth Officer, Home Economics Officer, Webuye Divisional Extension Officer and as an Agribusiness Officer in Bungoma. She resigned in 2012 and opted to venture into politics where in 2013 she vied for the same position of an MP in the same Turbo constituency and lost. After she lost, she was employed by the Uasin Gishu governor as a political advisor a position she held until recently when she resigned so that she could have a second stab in politics.
She has also been trained as a Trainer of Trainers (TOT) and has been extensively involved in training farmers across the country on modern farming activities and on how to eradicate poverty through agriculture. She has also worked as a peer educator on HIV/AIDs issues where she has served with various NGOs as a collaborator.
Turbo constituency is mostly affected by a high number of school dropouts. Poor performance in both primary and secondary schools, student/pupil’s absenteeism and lack of proper infrastructure in some schools. Janet purposes to ensure that bursary funds are fairly distributed to the needy students. She also purposes to develop a reading culture amongst students by ensuring that schools are well equipped with learning materials and students are awarded for posting exemplary performance. She also intends to introduce a feeding program for both class seven and eight pupils so that they can have ample time to study without interference because some of them are poor and sometimes go hungry for days thus affecting on their performance and school attendance. She also purposes to lobby the Teachers Service Commission to post more teachers in the schools across Turbo constituency to cater for the high number of learners and improve the academic standards.
A very big number of youths in Turbo constituency are jobless while others are doing jobs that do not offer them enough to sustain their livelihoods. This problem has led to high crime rates in the constituency and indulgence in drug and substance abuse among other societal ills. Janet purposes to enhance capacity building among the youth from across the constituency through engaging and training them on agribusiness, financial management, record keeping and group dynamics so as to enhance job creation. She also intends to help youth groups access the Uwezo and Youth Enterprise Funds and help them register groups so that they can be able to get government tenders.
Turbo constituency is known for food production and is found within the areas that are considered to be Kenya’s breadbasket but of late yields have gone down due to overreliance on rain for farming and old farming methods. Janet purposes to lobby the government to help train the residents of the constituency on modern farming methods and also practice mixed farming where many crops are planted. She also purposes to ensure that irrigation is widely practiced so that residents do not experience crop failure due to a lack of rain.