She is powerful, yet very humble. Her simplicity comes to the fore the moment you meet her, and it’s contagious.
Judith Ojaamong, 36, Governor Sospeter Odeke Ojaamong’s wife, got every Kenyan talking after some local dailies carried a picture of her on a boda boda.
The governor’s wife has no problem arriving at work on a motorbike.
While her counterparts will not move an inch without a retinue of bodyguards and motorcade of posh cars, Judith conducts her business like any other Busia resident; with no armed security officers or fancy fuel guzzlers.
When this writer visited her office, she hurriedly fetched a seat – quite unlike the traditional mheshimiwa.
The governor’s wife says she went to a primary school in Nairobi before joining Moi Girls’ also in Nairobi. The graduate of Daystar University however, does not want to dwell much on her personal life.
“I was born and brought up in Nairobi, my parents are both saved, and we were brought up in a Christian family,” she reveals without saying much.
Asked how many children she has, she says; “You know in the Iteso culture, we do not reveal the number of children we have.”
Judith who first rode on a boda boda in 1995, says she does it to promote the youth.
“The distance between my office and home is just one kilometre. So I either walk or take a boda boda, and by doing so I help uplift the lives of many riders.”
“In fact, when I leave the house you will see them rushing towards me trying to win my custom by calling me ‘mheshimiwa’ because they know I am a potential customer. Once in a while, I tell them that I want to walk,” she says.
She adds, “To me it is not a challenge; maybe for those who have not seen me do that before, it might be shocking, but it is my day-to-day life.
On matters security, she says she feels safe even on a boda boda.
“I was once approached by the county government through the Chief of Staff Robert Papa who told me that I was entitled to security, but I told them it was not necessary because I don’t think my life is threatened. I don’t have enemies. I don’t think I would need security, at least not for now,” she says.
Judith who says she does not have an official car, has asked other governor’s wives to follow her example.
“They should support these operators once in a while by taking a boda boda ride.”
When contacted for comment by The Nairobian, Governor Ojaamong said he has trained his wife and children to be ordinary Kenyans.
“My wife is very humble, and she walks from home to the office. She even rides a motorcycle or a bicycle to the office,” notes Ojaamong.