Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa has been ruffling feathers in the political scene following her expulsion from ODM for backing DP Ruto. And it looks like the outspoken MP has more feathers to ruffle as she eyes a Gubernatorial seat in 2022.
Nicknamed the Iron Lady of Coast politics, Jumwa has announced she will battle it out for the Kilifi Governor seat in 2022. In an interview with the Star, Jumwa said she had been harbouring ambitions for the seat since 2015.
“The ambition is there, I will vie in Kilifi county come 2022 to work for my people,” she said.
She declared she will wade into the male-dominated field and be in the history books alongside other women Governors: Charity Ngilu, Joyce Laboso and Anne Waiguru.
“It’s time to take a bigger responsibility for the people of Kilifi. I was the first woman to be elected under the new Constitution as the Woman MP of Kilifi. Then I shifted the goalpost to a single constituency and won as well. I feel I have something big to offer, thus my resolve.”
Towards this, Jumwa is studying for a bachelor’s degree in International Leadership and Governance at International Leadership University.
Come 2022, the 43-year-old mother of three will likely face off against heavyweights such as Gideon Mung’aro who lost to incumbent governor Kingi in 2017.
Other contenders include the Governor’s brother Magarini MP Michael Kingi who is considered the man to beat. The rest are Kenya’s High Commissioner to Tanzania Dan Kazungu, Kilifi North MP Owen Baya, CEC for Education Professor Gabriel Katana, and Kilifi South MP Ken Chonga.