Nandi Women Rep sets eyes on Emgwen parliamentary seat.

Dr Tecla Tum, the current Women Representative for Nandi County came into the limelight when she humorously exported a Kalenjin exclamation “Aucho Mr. Speaker” to the floor of the National Assembly. Since then, the leader has been attracting attention across the national limelight.

Celebrated as a performer by residents of Nandi County, due to several projects targeting women and youth in the county that she has launched during her tenure, Dr Tum has also cut herself an image of a national leader capable of stretching beyond the county issues.

When Kenyans students in China raised a distress call when they got stuck in the Asian country when Covid-19 was reported, Tum raised a motion pushing for their improved welfare.

Among her achievements during her first tenure include empowering women and youth groups, Persons Living with Disabilities, people living positive and elderly persons. She was instrumental in the construction of Kabirisang Rehabilitation Center, and replacing grass thatched houses with iron roofing at the homes of the needy.

She has also mentored school girls and issued sanitary towels, bursaries, tents to churches and car washing machines to various youth groups.

Those who have interacted with the leader at a close range describe her as a down-to-earth leader, a respectable wife, a prayerful mother and a keen listener to her people. she is known for decent dressing and a captivating smile, But do not be mistaken, she can be tough when services are not delivered to the people as she has directed. She is also a go-getter who did not shelve her ambition of representing her people despite failing to clinch the seat when she made her first attempt in 2013.

Tecla is an educationist who taught at Moi University before she joined politics. She also served in the past as the director, social services and housing, Eldoret Municipal Council. She is a PhD holder from the University of Denver (USA).

Her Master of Philosophy in environmental studies is from Moi University while her first degree is from the University of Nairobi. Tum is an alumni Kapsabet Girls High School. She has been at the front on the fight against cancer.

At the moment, the ardent supporter of Deputy President William Ruto has changed tact; she is now aspiring to be the Emgwen Member of Parliament with her slogan INGOLILII EMGWEN KOUTAET. She believes she will deliver to the people of Emgwen and boost the economy by supporting upcoming entrepreneurs.

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