Joyce Emanikor, the Turkana County Woman member of the National Assembly is fondly known as Mama Maendeleo (the woman spearheading development). Hon. Emanikor was born in 1962 in a poor family. She attended Lokori Primary School in Turkana. She was a private candidate at the Lodwar High School where she sat for the Kenya Junior Secondary Education examination, as well as Sirikwa Secondary School in Eldoret, where she sat for the Kenya Certificate of Education. The first time Member of Parliament is a mother of four grown-up children. She graduated from Daystar University in 2001, with a First Class Degree (honors) in Community Development and Peace Building, later enrolling for a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the Manchester University (United Kingdom). Hon. Emanikor pursuing a PhD in Environmental Studies at Moi University, Eldoret.
Despite growing up in poverty, she has worked hard to become well educated, and now seeks to promote the welfare of the people in Turkana through education. Hon. Emanikor taught in her county after her secondary education, rising to become an assistant primary school inspector of education between 1984 and1985. Between 1985 and1996 Hon. Emanikor participated in the translation of the Holy Bible to Turkana language. She has also worked with the United Nations Children’s Fund and Oxfam Kenya, among others, while actively involved in community development across Turkana County.
Hon. Emanokor is a member of the Constitution Implementation Oversight Committee and the House Business Committee that programs the business of the national assembly. She is also a member of KEWOPA and the Pastoralist Women Legislators Association.
Peace, unity and infrastructural development
Turkana county is situated close to the Sudan border with the Kapenguria-Lodwar highway, which is main link to South Sudan in poor conditions. This greatly hampers trade. Additionally, there are cases of unrest due to its proximity to South Sudan, and also due to limited resources in the county. Upon her re-
election, Hon Emanikor intends to lobby for better security while encouraging unity thorough which the residents of Turkana and their leaders can effectively tap the natural unexploited resources available in the county.
Literacy levels in Turkana county are below 20 percent with children having to walk for many kilometres to school, with few schools in the county. Additionally, few girls transition from primary to secondary school. Hon. Emanikor intends to work together with the national and county governments to increase the level of education within the county, supporting more girls to join national and county secondary schools as well as mentoring women leaders from Turkana. She intends to continue equipping schools and building new schools to increase the level of education in the county.
Agriculture and environmental conservation
Turkana county is semi-arid and has low productivity in the land. It has recurrent drought and famine, making food security a challenge. Upon her re-election. Hon. Emanikor intends to come up with activities that utilize the productive areas for agriculture in order to ensure productivity. She hopes to do this through irrigation and reclaiming of semi-arid areas within the county in areas like Katilu near Lokichar township, where irrigation is currently being carried out, and replicating this across the county.
- Women Rep