In Summary
  • She is not your ordinary deputy governor whose role is simply to assist the county boss.
  • She is described by those who have worked with her as a leader always keen to get things right.
  • The 38-year-old lawyer is known for her loyalty to her soft-spoken but firm boss.

Kwale Deputy Governor Fatuma Achani is a household name not only in the county but in the Coast region.

She is not your ordinary deputy governor whose role is simply to assist the county boss.

Her outspokenness and courage have defined her and the role she has spelt out for herself in building Kwale County alongside her boss, Governor Salim Mvurya.

Although she has only been in politics for four-and-a-half years now, the ease and courage with which she tackles the region’s politics portray her as a veteran.

She is an energetic politician, described by those who have worked with her as a leader always keen to get things right, and that is how she has earned her name in the county.

LOYALTY

The 38-year-old lawyer is known for her loyalty to her soft-spoken but firm boss, whom she likes to introduce as “gavana wa nguvu” (a strong governor) during public rallies.

In 2013, the two ran on an ODM ticket but about two year’s into his administration, Governor Mvurya fell out with his party’s leadership and has since joined Jubilee Party.

The two are now running on the ruling party’s ticket and are ardent Jubilee supporters.

Ms Achani has supported the governor all the way and even as most county bosses fell out with their deputies ahead of the August 8 elections, in Kwale County it has been the opposite.

Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya and his deputy Fatuma Achani (left) in hearty laugh at a function in Ukunda in July 2016. The two have had a cordial working relationship. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya and his deputy Fatuma Achani (left) in hearty laugh at a function in Ukunda in July 2016. The two have had a cordial working relationship. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

CLOSE RELATIONSHIP

The two leaders have closely worked together in a county that has won accolades for its development projects.

"I have had an impressive working relationship with my boss and other county officials and a strong base on the ground,’’ says Ms Achani.

“And that is why I am confident that my boss will return the favour and support my 2022 bid," she says, adding that her motivation to go for the top county seat is, in part, out of concern that women in her community have been marginalised and viewed as people who cannot lead.

Ms Achani attributes their excellent working relationship to the fact that Governor Mvurya is a selfless leader whose agenda, she says, is to transform the county.

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