RACHAEL MUSYOKI EMPOWERING THE DISADVANTAGE IN KILIFI


RACHAEL  MUSYOKI EMPOWERING THE DISADVANTAGE IN KILIFI

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Today, we are witness  to a generation of women who break cliches and stereotypes of what a female can or can't do.  Women throughout the world are breaking the norms and defying gender roles and are leaving behind impressive legacies.

Rachael Musyoki, the current County Executive Committee (CEC) Member of   Devolution, Public Service and Disaster Management is living proof that no matter your background you write your own story. The wife and mother of two is the fourth born of a humble Christian family of six that was brought up in Marikani, Kilifi County

Rachael's journey to success begun at the tender age of 22 as an assistant clerical officer at the Kenya Port Authority.  Diligence saw her climb up the ladder to a middle  manager in the organization.


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In 2013 Rachael opted to join the County Government of Kilifi. Where the governor of  Kilifi county H.E Amason Kingi appointed her as an Executive in his office and Public Service management where she was until 2015.

In June, 2015 the Governor reshuffled his cabinet and Rachael was appointed as the County Executive Committee Member of Health Service. Where she oversaw a team of 1400 employees, 600 casuals and142 health facilities. While at the health department she managed to see the completion of and opening 20 new health facilities amongst other health projects and programmes.

In H.E Amason Kingi’s second term as the governor of Kilifi County, he appointed new County Executive Committee Members. Rachael was one of the County Executive Committee Members that he retained. She is the Current County Executive Committee member in charge of Devolution, Public Service and Disaster Management.
Racheal attributes her success to the close working relationships she as established between the other county departments, partners in the Government and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) and stakeholders.

As the CEC of Devolution, Public Service and Disaster management she initiated successful programs in the County. Among the programs she initiate there is the ‘Pesa kwa Wazee’ initiative which has seen the elderly in the community get assistance from the county. She initiated the ‘performance and employee evaluation metrics as well as ‘team lead rapid results (RRI) that synchronized employee output for the whole county
Anyone who knows Racheal knows she is a firm believer of dialogue and she never fails to engage the community through the leadership of the sub county and ward administrators when it comes to capacity building programs.

 Every ward, she says, has got its own unique problems and challenges. So she normally holds Barrazas which gives the community an opportunity to engage with the county leadership and share their challenges.

As the CECM in charge of the county’s Disaster Management team Racheal needs to be applauded for the tremendous work she is doing for residence of Kilifi
Kilifi is known for its perennial environmental challenges such us drought and floods.
“It has become a norm that when it rains we are suffering when it shines we are suffering. It is indeed sad and heartbreaking to see families starving. Children are forced to drop out of school in search for food and water while many families lose large number of livestock in the process.” said Racheal


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One of her major priorities today is empowering the community, creating awareness and changing the mindset of the Kilifi people. It is her dream to see Kilifi a self-sustaining county. With the proper knowledge she believes that the community will be able to thrive. That is why she empowers and capacity builds the sub county and ward administrators.

By the time of going to press, the county is in the process of resettling 1,223 households that are living in camps having been displaced by the recent floods through donor aids. She has made earnest appeals to well-wishers to support the county in resettling the victims of the floods.

The county is doing its part but unfortunately the department doesn’t have sufficient funds. That is the main challenge that Rachael faces in the department.
Rachael’s story is that of determination. No matter what. She rose from a humble background to her current position as a County Executive Member. Who knows what comes next.

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