- When she arrived in Nairobi, she settled in Kangemi where she served as a youth leader at St Joseph parish.
- The Speaker said she will push for nominated members to have an office and aid where they can serve residents.
A young girl from western Kenya came to Nairobi completely unaware that she would one day be a household name and land a plum job in the city county assembly as its Speaker.
Ms Beatrice Elachi had just completed her Form Four examination at Moi Girls High School, Vokoli, before she came to Nairobi in search of the “big dream”.
The former Senate majority chief whip does not shy away from media and is a strong defender of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.
When she arrived in Nairobi, she settled in Kangemi where she served as a youth leader at St Joseph parish.
She later joined Africa Nazarene University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree and later a master’s degree in Peace and Security Studies.
Speaking to Nation, she said the Speaker’s job was a surprise.
“Never in my wildest dream did I imagine I would become the Speaker especially in Nairobi,” she said.
She thanked her bosses who proposed her for the position and for getting the opportunity to serve residents.
Ms Elachi unsuccessfully contested the Dagoretti North parliamentary seat during the August 8 elections on a Jubilee ticket.
She plunged into politics in 2002 by getting involved in activities that targeted women and got her first job as a programmes officer at the National Council of Women of Kenya.
At the time, the country was gearing up for the 2005 referendum, which was organised in two camps: those who supported the Constitution and those who were against it.