- I get into my office in the morning and begin with looking at what is in my diary.
- I do conduct assembly sessions, study bills and petitions according to the Assembly Standing Orders. All this depends on assembly calendar.
- When not in the assembly, I am always in my firm handling cases.
Elizabeth Ayoo is Homa Bay County Assembly Speaker
Tell us about yourself.
I am 36 years old, born in Kisumu County in a family of three girls. My parents were strict disciplinarians — that is the reason I grew up to become a High Court advocate and an educationist.
What kind of a person are you?
I am religious. I put God first in everything I do. I believe in teamwork and achievements.
What about family?
My husband hails from Kasipul Kabondo constituency in Homa Bay County. We have three children.
What is your working day like?
I get into my office in the morning and begin with looking at what is in my diary.
I do conduct assembly sessions, study bills and petitions according to the Assembly Standing Orders. All this depends on assembly calendar.
When not in the assembly, I am always in my firm handling cases.
What were you doing prior to becoming speaker?
I have worked in various universities both in administration and academic positions and even promoting girl child initiatives in Nyanza by providing sanitary pads.
I have also advocated for control of tobacco use before and after assent of the Tobacco Control Act 2007 both nationally and internationally as provided by the Framework for Tobacco Control Convention. I have also been a high court advocate.
How are you prepared to manage the assembly?
I know what I am getting myself into and understand that my job is now political. I believe in consultations and not confrontations.
I am, however, loyal and greatly indebted to the people of Homa Bay County who look upon their duty bearers to change their lives.
As a woman, I know it might be difficult given that I am mostly leading men but with God’s guidance I know I will manage.
Given your tight schedule, do you get time for your family?
Family is very important and I spend time with them whenever I am free. I create time for them because they have played a pivotal role in who I am today.
What else do you do in your free time?
I read knowledge-oriented books, go to church, visit friends and enjoy playing with my children.
Ascending to a political seat, is your basket already full even before you settle down?
It’s true that my basket of activities is already full because I will be striving to restore public confidence in an assembly rocked by corruption scandals and incompetence.
During the just concluded election, 38 out of 40 MCAs lost their seats.
This was attributed to accusations of incompetence and lack of effective oversight of the executive by the MCAs.
Some male MCAs are not ready for a woman’s leadership; how will you handle such characters?