Gender CS Nominee Aisha Jumwa today broke down in tears during vetting when telling the committee about her tough upbringing.
The former Malindi MP tearfully narrated how she was forced to drop out of school due to lack of school fees.
After dropping out, she stated that she was married off at a very tender age.
“I had to drop out of secondary school due to lack of school fees. There were absolutely no prospects to expand my horizons, so I was just there. Little did I know the sad fate that most rural girls face awaited me with open arms, early marriage. I got married off,” she narrated.
Speaker Moses Wetangula had to ask Jumwa to compose herself first before she continued with the interview.
Jumwa promised to address the Middle East employment issue that has seen many Kenyans suffer in the hands of inhumane employers.
“I will make sure that our girls are empowered and given funds from the Hustler Fund to start their own businesses so as to make them self-employed and prevent them from going abroad,” she said.
She further promised to review licenses of the job agencies that are taking the girls abroad just to weed out the rogue agents.
“We know that these agencies are run by very powerful people. I will work with the Foreign Affairs Ministry to ensure that this is sorted,” she said.
If approved by parliament, Jumwa will become the Gender CS replacing Professor Margaret Kobia.