LUCY NDILAI: SHE LEFT TEACHING FOR POLITICS
LUCY NDILAI / RETIRED PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHER AND BUSINESS MENTOR - Once elected, she says, her major role as woman MP would be to advocate for easy access to water for the people of Kajiado and complete abolition of female genital mutilation.
A career teacher, Lucy Ndilai has declined the many promotions that have come her way because she wanted to have more time with her pupils.
Ndilai loved her pupils, and, as such, she wanted to be close to them all the time. A promotion, she feared, would end with her losing touch with her pupils.
“The decision to remain was borne out of a strong desire to understand my pupils well,” she explains.
That was her way of preparing for a future election to leadership.
“This is the reason I even believe today that for one to be a qualified leader, that person must understand his/ her subjects very well,” adds Ndilai.
As a teacher, she is also an active member of her Calvary Covenant Church in Kajiado and spokeswoman for the women members.
She also tops up as the Church’s motivational speaker, the position she cherishes most.
Ndilai plans to succeed the current MP, Mary Seneta, who has declared she will not defend her seat.
She will run on the Orange Democratic Movement, a platform of her development achievements and her human rights activism.
Once elected, she says, her major role as woman MP would be to advocate for easy access to water for the people of Kajiado and complete abolition of female genital mutilation.
“We have had leaders who are in their elective positions and they have failed to address the issue of FGM. They have failed to stamp their authority on the matter for fear of losing votes.
We cannot afford to allow our girls to undergo retrogressive rituals such as FGM because traditions have stated so,” she argues.
She decided to join politics after she concluded there is “a complete disconnect” between the current leaders and the people they represent.
“Some of our leaders are preaching water while they take heavy wine. I want to fill the missing link and direct our people to move in the direction of uplifting their lives,” said Ndilai.
She argues the Maasai people of Kajiado can no longer be sustained by the traditional mode of livestock keeping because the rangeland is shrinking each day.
She has been at the forefront in fighting for women at the grassroots to be financially empowered. In 2004, she made a trip to the United States, where she connected many local community-based organizations with donors.
She has helped many women’s groups in Kajiado to access bank loans and build their businesses for the last 10 years.
“THERE IS A DISCONNECT BETWEEN THE CURRENT LEADERS AND THE PEOPLE THEY REPRESENT.”