Nairobi County woman Rep Esther Muthoni Passaris declared the woman rep of the year 2019. The first time legislator is the Mashujaa Woman Representative of the Year.
Mashujaa Awards, from the Swahili word ‘heroine or hero’, celebrates outstanding individuals in political leadership, entertainment and fashion. Other categories include Governor, Senator, Artist and Model of the Year.
“Hon Passaris easily emerged winner because two years into her term, her ratings remains high on the strength of a strong track record in utilising NGAAF funds’, one of the organisers said but on condition of anonymity. ‘On top of that, her continued interaction with voters on the ground and on social media sets her apart in a crowded field.’
Esther Muthoni Passaris emerged the winner among Hons Sabina Chege, Kawira Mwangaza, Gladys Wanga and Rose Museo.
In her acceptance speech, Hon. Passaris thanked her constituents for their support and reiterated her commitment to remain readily accessible and of service.
‘I feel when you work sincerely with no hidden agenda, you’re doing Gods work. For me being Woman Rep is an opportunity to do Gods work and so I celebrate my fellow Nominees because I know they too have a heart for the people they represent.’
In the National Assembly, Passaris is an active member of the Committee on Health and the Special Funds Account Committee. She is also a founding member of the Kenya Parliamentary Caucus on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & Business and an active member of the Kenyan chapter of the African Parliamentarians Against Corruption (APNAC). Internationally, she is the UNITE Chapter Chair for Eastern and Southern Africa, and a member of the Global Tuberculous Caucus and the Global Equality Caucus.
Earlier this year, she was appointed to the Political Bureau of the Africa Forum for Urban Safety (AFUS) as an Executive Member to develop and implement urban safety and crime prevention policies and programs in East Africa.
As Patron of the National Government Affirmative Action (NGAAF) Nairobi County, Hon. Passaris has presided over the disbursement of more than KES50M in bursaries to needy students. Her office is currently finalising details of Women Groups that will benefit from more than KES30M in table banking funds before year end.