Mwanajuma Bahati was born and raised in Maduwa village in Nambale Sub-county. She is the seventh of fourteen children. Mwajuma is married and a mother of four. She attended Nambale AC Primary School and later she joined Lugulu Girls High School. She enrolled into the University of Nairobi, where she pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Project Planning and Management. Currently employed at the Nambale National Government Constituency Development Fund, her motivation is to become a transformative leader who brings sustainable developments in Nambale Township ward. Her vision is to have a peaceful, inclusive and economically self-reliant community.
Mwanajuma has served within the Women’s League of the Orange Democratic Movement party as the secretary, engaging women for inclusivity in political agendas. She has also served as secretary in the United Democratic Forum party through which she realized her political ambition. She has engaged the community in public participation forums to help share knowledge and information of various development agenda. She has worked as the operational assistant for National Government Constituency Development Fund where she was involved in monitoring and evaluating the projects in Nambale constituency, and with Maendeleo ya Wanawake in the county level. Other key achievements include working with EASSI both as chairlady and as a Trainer of Trainers to implement a women and girls empowerment program, conducting capacity building and skills transfer to people affected by HIV and AIDS.
There are inadequate education institutions and facilities within her ward, and Mwanajuma hopes to address this by working in collaboration with the county development partners to ensure that sufficient numbers of education facilities are established in her ward.
In her ward, the health facilities are in a poor condition. Through the Ward Development Fund and in collaboration with the development partners, she hopes to lobby for budgetary allocation towards the health facilities and equipping the existing ones for better service delivery.
Empowerment of youth
In a bid to reduce the unemployment rate among the youth in her ward, Mwanajuma intends to encourage the youth to access entrepreneurship and financial literacy training and financing through different financial partners. This will help them in maximizing any available resources funds they will receive from existing local and national government funds.