The pioneer Deputy Governor of Kitui County was born in March 7, 1974 to Mr. and Mrs. Julius Malonza Muthoka of Mutomo district, Kitui south constituency.  She went to Itumba Primary School for her primary education sitting her KCPE (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) in 1987 before proceeding to Ikutha Girls-then a district school-for her secondary education. The poor status of the school, difficulties in payment of her school fees alongside other numerous challenges during her four years of study did not deter Ms. Malonza from excelling when she sat her KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education) in 1991 and with a sterling performance secured a spot at the university of Nairobi to pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology (1988 -1991).

Ms. Malonza later enrolled for a Masters degree in Project Planning and Management at the same university (2006-2008) and upon graduation in 2008 she immediately enrolled for her second Masters degree in Public Health. She is also a holder of a postgraduate diploma in Psychological Counseling from the Kenya Association of Professional Counselors (KAPC) and a certificate holder of Professional Master Pathway from the Global University for Lifelong Learning (GULL).

The Deputy Governor began her career as a Home Based Care program Coordinator at AMREF (African Medical Research Foundation) Kenya serving for a single year (2001) before she was approached by the Changamwe Baptist Church (Mombasa) in 2002 to become the Coordinator in the church’s Child Development center. She held the position for four years (2002 -2006) helping the children exploit their academic potential while at the same time nurturing their inborn talents. She moved to Compassion International Kenya in October 2006 as a program facilitator where during her six yearlong service she rose through the ranks to head the organization’s training, partnership and support department.

She is credited with the rehabilitation of 300 commercial sex workers during her time at AMREF Kenya and piloting of a transformational program dubbed QAVAH which sought to empower the poor economically in Kenya during her time at Compassion International Kenya. The program which improved the lives of thousands of people has since been adopted in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

She also pioneered a savings and investment program that benefited over 10,000 youths in Kitui County and beyond equipping them with knowledge necessary in modern day investment.

With her attractive record of service in the NGO world Ms. Malonza was nominated by Kitui governor H.E. Hon Dr. Julius M. Malombe to become his running mate for the gubernatorial race during the March 4th 2013 general elections. Regarded a devoted, transformative and professional leader by many who worked alongside her Ms. Malonza was considered the best choice alongside Dr. Malombe for Kitui County’s top leadership.

Her passion in community service, hunger for justice and fairness, a high held integrity and willingness to work with underprivileged and marginalized people was the driving force behind her readiness to venture in politics. She has not lost her focus since and her wish is to remain steadfast in provision of servant leadership that will impact the lives of Kitui county people especially the vulnerable members of the society.

A former chairperson to the Board of Management of Kawelu Secondary School and a member of the Mutha Secondary School Board of Management Ms. Malonza’s involvement in education activities in Kitui County is incalculable. To keep alive her dream of ensuring the girl child receives education, Ms. Malonza has initiated the Mwiitu Mwende program through which she donates sanitary towels to needy girls to help retain them in school and reduce the stigma suffered by girls who are unable to realize proper hygienic conditions during their periods. She is also sponsoring ten children from Kitui and Mombasa counties in their quest for education by paying their school fees.

She is a member of Kibwea Welfare Association (Nairobi) and KIKWA Association (Mombasa) and has been an active member of the Redeemed Gospel Church for very long where she chaired the university leaders mentorship program by a group of CEOs (Chief executive officers) from the redeem gospel church.

A member of the Kenya Association of Professional Counselors (KAPC), Ms. Malonza is widely travelled having attended workshops in North Korea, Malaysia, Ethiopia, Uganda and Burkina Faso for Health research, child survival program, rural development and effective leadership in counties.

Her hobbies include travelling, singing and listening to gospel music. She is also an avid reader of religious and inspirational books.

 

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