She is the first born in her family and has managed leadership responsibilities right from the household level. The legislator studied at Mwija Primary School and Mutomo Girls’ High School, both in Uganda, where she held different leadership positions. She later got trained as a secretary and taught briefly as a primary school teacher. Her political inspiration is the late Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female Prime Minister and Hillary Clinton, the former US Foreign Secretary and wife of former US President Bill Clinton. Zainab is also inspired by President Sirleaf Johnson of Liberia who is Africa’s first female president. She was motivated into elective leadership after watching the women, youth and general community struggle to put food on the table due to high levels of poverty and she was determined to make a positive impact.
She has been a member of the Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organisation (MYWO) for more than two decades and was the provincial treasurer in the Coast, before going to the district level where she wanted to work closer with her constituents. After a brief stint as the treasurer for the district, she was elected as the chairperson of MYWO, Kwale District. She was also a director of the board of Coast Water Services Board, and the Kwale Health Management Board. So far, she has helped the youth in the county to register their companies in order to benefit from projects that are being undertaken at constituency and county level. She believes the youth are better placed to tender for goods and services that county governments and other state corporations require. She continues to supervise the development projects she initiated in her constituency with a view to expanding them to reach more people and enhance their sustainability. Before her election, Zainab had initiated the Kwale County Women in Development Organization that offers micro finance to women to undertake various projects to uplift their livelihoods. This organization has helped women to provide for their families with fewer challenges. Hon Zainab Chidzuga is a member of the Committee on Delegated Legislation, and the Environment and Natural Resources Committee. She has actively contributed to motions in parliament and runs a business while farming when not in parliament. She is the current vice chairperson of KEWOPA.
Kwale County has approximately 600,000 residents, and is quite poor, despite being rich in natural resources and playing host to tourist attractions such as the Shimba Hills National Reserve and the Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary. Hon. Chidzuga intends to lobby for the proper utilization of existing resources while providing and environment where the youth can employ themselves.