Meet Rehema Kiteto, the youngest official in the national government administration in Kenya.
After graduating from college and with no work experience, she applied for the position of deputy through the Public Service Commission last year District commissioners applied, and to her surprise, she got the job.
She is one of the 200 newly hired Assistant County Commissioners (ACCs) serving the government in different parts of the rift Valley deployed as the country prepares for the 2022 general election.
Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya met the new administrators at Langa Langa Secondary School on Tuesday after their initial training before they were posted to their respective divisional headquarters.
When the nation caught up with the young administrator at Langa Langa, she exuded confidence and said she was ready for her new role.
“I’ve always been fascinated inspired by serving people, it’s my passion. And leadership is about service that I’ve been with my entire life, “says Ms. Kiteto from Kwale County.
” I saw the ad and immediately applied. Then I crossed my fingers because I had no connections other than the fact that I met all of the listed qualifications, “she said.
The Egerton University graduate in Sociology, English and Literature was then in Shortlisted and invited to an interview. She got the job months later.
Ms. Kiteto has been assigned to Bomet Central in the Bomet district, where she will coordinate government projects in the region and the government agenda in her area of responsibility Formulate and resolve disputes.
She will also be a link between the government and the community, bosses and their assistants.
After graduating in 2019, Ms. Kiteto worked as a print journalist at Standard Media Group in Nakuru County.
She has also served as a Kazi Mtaani supervisor in Kwale County. She was also the deputy spokesperson for the Kwale Youth Assembly.
N She has also written a children’s book Hell in the Backyard and other Stories.
Ms. Kiteto says that she is passionate about gender equality and the leadership of women.
Women and girls with the same skills, “she said.
ACC’s position is associated with people of older age. Being young won’t stop her from doing her job.
The majority of those she shared the news of her appointment with said she was too young for the job.
< p> “I don’t think age or gender should be a problem. My parents are happy and that’s the most important thing,” she said.
Her father is a seller, while her mother is a rancher in Samburu, one of the driest places in Kwale.
With her social work, she helped raise funds so that Samburu candidates who passed their national exams in 2020 could find sponsors for boarding schools.
Even before applying for the government administration position, Ms. Kiteto had political ambitions – she planned to do so to be vying for a member of the county assembly for Samburu Ward in Kinango, Kwale County.
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“But politics is a dirty game. My family was already with little pr problems and I thought this was not the way to go at the moment. What I have now is the guidance I’ve always wanted, “she said.
She grew up in Kinango, studied at Samburu Primary School and then went to Mwasere Girls High School before going went to Egerton University.
In her free time, Ms. Kiteto likes to read, write and look after young people through an organization she founded – Samburu Hands of Compassion.
“Support through the organization I gifted students in Samburu to get access to scholarships and scholarships to join Form One. As my area is marginalized, many bright students used to miss opportunities due to a lack of awareness, ”she said. and funding opportunities from the state.
She cares about gender roles in society.
“I had to convince my father that I should be treated the same as my brothers. He made me quit journalism because he thought it wasn’t a safe career for me. He always complained that I was too aggressive. But no child is better than the other because of their gender, ”she said.
Her aggressiveness, she said, is often misunderstood as disrespectful, especially when she speaks to the elderly.
And she knows what she wants for the future: “I want to rise in the ranks and be a senior executive for an even bigger population. As a result, I should also be financially stable enough to help the many people in my home region who ask me for help. ”
She encouraged girls to realize their dream and not to be discouraged by their gender Let a career be her choice.
Mr Natembeya said the boards had been recruited following the creation of new administrative units in the region and a growing workload in the wake of the country’s elections.
“The government has a lot to do with the work that needs to be done under the Rapid Results Initiative (RRI). They will be vital in organizing peace meetings and coordinating national government functions, “said Natembeya.
The ACCs will now lead registration for ID cards and mobilizing potential voters for registration.
“At least 70,000 national ID cards are going undetected in the North and South Rift regions, and most of them belong to youth who have not yet registered as voters. They will help with the ID distribution,” added Mr Natembeya.