When Hon Mary Sally Keraa-Otara was born in 1964 and is the mother of three children. She studied at Kioge Girls’ Secondary School before joining Neema Lutheran College for a Diploma in Social Work, and later a Degree in Community Development.
An avid reader, she has always followed women’s political activities, with Hon. Nyiva Mwendwa being her greatest motivation. Her vision is to see a unified Kisii county, which is cosmopolitan and made up of different people.
Prior to being elected, she participated in the 2007 general elections, campaigning for retired President, Mwai Kibaki, through the Akina Mama na Kibaki campaign outfit. She also previously campaigned for former MPs, Zebedeyo Opore of Ford People party, and Charles Onyancha of KANU party, and this provided her with the necessary preparation to vie for an elective position. Hon. Keraa previously served as the Maendeleo ya Wanawake chairperson for Kisii branch. Hon. Mary Keraa has a track record of development through her work at the Evangelical Lutheran Church since 1996. She has also served in various boards of schools within Kisii. Hon. Keraa influenced Habitat for Humanity to construct houses for 50 poor families, and has ensured school fees sponsorship for over 5000 children within her county. She has also been instrumental in feeding 500 orphans in the county since 1998. She has extended the feeding program of the orphans to other poor households in the county by sourcing for support from the business and agricultural investors. While continuing with the projects she had initiated before her election, the development-oriented legislator has also helped to establish women’s groups to apply for various development funds. She is also working on women’s soccer teams in the county to encourage men to work with women in all fields.
She sits in the Public Investment Committee and the Committee on Implementation, and is the chairperson of the Social Welfare and Culture Committee of KEWOPA.
- Women Rep