On Tuesday, October 18, Public Service and Gender Cabinet secretary nominee Aisha Jumwa appeared before the National Assembly’s Committee on Appointment.
During the interview, the former Malindi MP fluently responded to the committee’s tough questions despite scoring a D- in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
As such, city lawyer Donald Kipkorir in a statement said he was impressed by Aisha Jumwa’s English speaking skills.
Kipkorir, a close ally of Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party presidential candidate William Ruto said Jumwa could have learned new vocabulary since she could not construct a word in English a few years ago.
“Truth be told, Aisha Jumwa has vindicated herself. A few years ago, she couldn’t construct a word in English. Today, she spoke eloquently albeit with Basic English, and has learned words such as “dignified silence”. Many have had opportunities and have never gone back to scholarship. Aisha has,” Kipkorir said in a Tweet.
On her part, the vocal politician who lost the Kilifi gubernatorial seat to Gideon Mung’aro in the August 9 elections disclosed that since she was appointed for consideration into the cabinet, she has been learning some new terminologies.
“Since I was mentioned by the president for this docket, I have learned some terminologies; there is a word known as dignified silence, a high level of tolerance and restraint,” said Aisha Jumwa.
Kivumbi.co.ke earlier reported that during the vetting process, Jumwa broke into tears as she spoke about her tough upbringing including dropping out of school and being married off at a tender age, making life very difficult.
“My parents were poor; they used to struggle to provide for me and my other 27 siblings. I attended primary from 1983 to 1991 where I dropped out due to a lack of school fees. I was at home and there was absolutely no prospect to expand my horizon,
“The sad fate that most rural girls face including early and forced marriages awaited me with open arms; I became a mother of my firstborn. This is one of the practices that must be curbed,” Jumwa narrated.