Phoebe Mutemi was nominated by Kitui Governor Dr. Julius Malombe as CEC Culture, Gender, Youth, ICT, Sports, and Social Services. But who is Phoebe Mutemi? We find out below;
Phoebe Ndunyu Mutemi was born and grew up in Kyamutimba village, Mutonguni ward in Kitui West. She schooled at Kyamutimba Primary School from 1991 and did her KCPE in 1998 and later joined Kyondoni girls secondary school, and completed her KCSE in 2002.
She later joined Egerton University for a Bachelor of Arts in Education (Mathematics and Business Studies) and graduated in 2008. After graduating in 2008, she got a teaching job at St. Michaels Primary on BOM basis for one year.
Phoebe Mutemi also revealed that before graduating she had registered for a CPA course with KASNEB which she completed in 2012. She was also employed by an NGO in 2012 at Kariobangi as an Accountant and Administrator whose main objective was to uplift and empower vulnerable groups, especially those living in the slums of Korogocho.
“Since I had training skills, I used to train those at the slums skills like how to start their small businesses up to August 2012 when I felt overwhelmed because I used to do my Masters in the evening. I resigned and concentrated on doing my masters degree,” she told the vetting panel led by Kitui Assembly Speaker Kevin Kinengo.
In October 2012, she was employed by the Teachers Service Commission at Kithyoko Secondary School where she has been teaching Mathematics and Business Studies. She later graduated from Kenyatta University with a Masters Degree in Business Administration, finance option in 2013.
While teaching at Kithyoko Primary School, Phoebe was a trainer of teachers in Strengthening Mathematics Seminars (Semase) in Machakos county where she trained teachers on how to integrate Mathematics with IT and also pioneered a welfare group with the teachers to help the students and also do investment.
Phoebe Mutemi is worth Kshs 45,950,000 which includes fixed assets and family investments. Since she had not resigned as a teacher, Phoebe said that according to the code of regulation of TSC she can have a transfer of services if she will get the appointment to the Ministry thus she will not be holding two offices.
Phoebe promised to ensure that she creates jobs for the youths by encouraging technical courses in vocational training institutions, especially for those who don’t qualify for university courses. She also said that she will encourage investing in startups among the youth and sensitize them on money-making programs like Ajira Digital which offers a variety of online jobs.
“I will also create a linkage for the youth to get internship programs and also commit to overseeing the sensitization on the 30 percent government tenders to the marginalized groups to ensure that youths and persons living with disabilities benefit from the same,” Phoebe added.
On sports and talent identification and development, she said that she is aware of an existing sports policy that focuses on talent development as well as infrastructure development. She pointed out that she is committed to investing in individual talent development as well as team development and also training the coaches of teams and upgrading playgrounds. Phoebe stated that she will also look for partners to sponsor competitions and tournaments across the county.
On issues of youth and gender, she said that youths are a key resource and can be very innovative and bring more ideas thus she will not concentrate on girl child empowerment alone but also on boy child empowerment.