Ruth Mukhabana was born and raised in Mukhangu village, Kabras location of Kakamega county and comes from a family of eight children. She schooled at Shamberere Primary School and Highlands High School in Eldoret where she sat for her O levels before joining Kilimambogo Teachers Training College and graduating with a Primary One (P1) Teaching Certificate. She also holds a Diploma holder in Education Management from the Kenya Education Management Institute.
The mother of four who is married and lives in Sarwe village of Nzoia ward has experience working as a teacher and a head teacher in several schools across Kakamega County where she has mentored many students. This motivated her to seek an elective post. Her vision is to make Nzoia ward a poverty free ward.
Ruth is a long serving primary school teacher and has worked as the head teacher of St. Josephs Nyortis Primary School where she is known to have positively impacted many students. She has also served as both the Treasurer and Secretary General of the Kenya Primary Schools Head Teachers Association (KEPSHA) in Likuyani sub-county. Ruth is currently the chairperson of Home Women Dairy Sacco Limited in Kakamega where they have been work closely with the German Partner in Agriculture (GIZ) in promoting dairy farming.
Water is a challenge with residents of Nzoia ward walking long distances in search of water from rivers and wells across the ward. This water is not treated and opens up room for waterborne infections that are common in the area. Upon election as MCA, Ruth intends to lobby the county government to allocate funds for reviving the stalled water piping project and also ensure that water treatment along river Nzoia is fully functional.
Many youths from Nzoia ward are jobless and indulge in crime having dropped out of school mostly due to financial constraints. As MCA, Ruth intends to lobby the county government to allocate funds for the construction of a vocational training center within the ward to absorb the school drop outs and train them in various technical skills so that will enable them be self-reliant.
The ward has few health facilities which are poorly equipped. Additionally, the facilities do not have enough medical specialists. Ruth will lobby the county government to upgrade the health facilities, supply enough medicines to the hospitals and employ more health practitioners if elected.