Gladys Atieno Nyasuna Wanga is the Woman Representative for Homa Bay County, a position she has occupied since 2013.
The vocal ODM politician has expressed interest in the Homa Bay gubernatorial seat in 2022, facing off with other heavy-weight aspirants such as former Nairobi governor Evans Kidero, ODM Chairman John Mbadi and the current deputy governor Hamilton Orata.
Earlier in April Nyanza MPs led by Wanga asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene so that Kenyans could access ARV drugs.
Soon after, the Ministry of Health and the National Treasury agreed to waive tax on ARVs donated by USAID, a pain point that had caused a shortage of ARVs.
“We are concerned for our people. We are concerned that we are going to have more deaths, probably more than they are dying of Covid-19,” Wanga said.
Wanga, who followed her father’s interest in politics, became the first female Secretary-General of Kenyatta University Student’s Union
Wanga is the chairperson of the Departmental Committee on Finance and National Planning and a member of the Departmental Committee on Labour and Social Welfare.
She was instrumental in the formation of the Information and Public Communication committee.
Gladys Wanga Background and education
Gladys grew up in a political family following closely the footsteps of her late father John Nyasuna, who at one point was a renowned councillor in Kisumu County, which was then known as Nyanza Province.
She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Health Management from the Kenyatta University in 2004 and later on graduated from Kenyatta University in 2012 with a master’s degree in health management. At Kenyatta University, she was the first female to participate and win an elective seat as the general secretary of the Union of the Students.
Gladys Wanga Career
In her early career life, Wanga was initially the program manager at the Kenyan Trust for African Rock Art formerly Trust for Africa Art before retaining the same role at the Liverpool VCT Care and Treatment. In 2013, Wanga ran for an elective seat for women representative at the Homa Bay county where she emerged victorious. Seven years later, she still hold that position firmly. Wanga has been a member of Departmental Committee on Labour and Social Welfare in Kenya since 2013.
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