Hon. Jackie Okanya Aka ‘Mama power’ as known by the electorates seeks to be the MP for Mumias West Constituency, Kakamega County.
She is currently the nominated MCA of the Kakamega County Assembly courtesy of Amani National Congress (ANC). At the Kakamega county assembly, she is the Vice-Chairperson of the Catering & Health Club Committee, a member of the Health & Sanitation Committee, and is also a member of the Public Service & Administration Committee.
Hon. Jackie Okanya has a Bachelor of Business Management (Finance) option from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology.
She has a wide experience in the financial sector and people relations having worked with Kenya Women Finance Trust (KWFT) and Faulu Kenya respectively.
At KWFT she was a Business Development Officer (BDO) “I learnt about mobilization and training women into business and assess their business capacity to be financed.”
Jackline later joined Faulu leading its Western region as Financial Advisor.
She joined active politics in 2010 through the ODM primaries where she was able to lead the vibrant Kakamega county youth League. She later joined ANC and served as the branch secretary before getting a nomination to the county assembly.
To fight poverty within the constituency and community and to promote accountable and inclusive leadership.
To address poverty, I intend to empower communities through training that enables them to initiate startups through grants. I also seek to improve existing businesses and encourage mentorship of youth, thus building a sustainable constituency that is not dependable on handouts.
In terms of accountable leadership –the current leadership does not operate with manifestos and so following up on constituency agenda is very difficult because it’s haphazardly done. I similarly want them to be included in what am doing and work with community leaders to make sure preventive health care is well managed to protect the constituents from preventive conditions.