Education is key to future success
By Franklin Okutoyi
Honourable Jamleck Kamau is a Member of Parliament (MP) for Kigumo, and also Minister for Nairobi Metropolitan Development. He was first elected to parliament in 2007 having been unsuccessful in 1997.
Until his appointment as minister recently, Hon Jamleck served as a commissioner and a committee member in the Parliamentary Service Commission. He advises you to grow up as a Kenyan child and not as a Kenyan child from a particular ethnic tribe. He answered questions from pupils of Mbagathi Primary School.
Cosmas Kamanda, 12 years.
How do your children feel about you being an MP and minister? What are some of the mistakes children make that prevent them from becoming leaders of tomorrow?
Hon Jamleck: Being elected MP and made a minister has not changed the way my children relate to me. They look at me as their father, and not politician, because I treat them and share with them as their parent and not as an MP or minister. Some of the mistakes children make is failing to understand why they go to school. They think they go to school because of their parents. But I would want every child to know that education defines one’s future.
Valentine Cheptoo, 12 years.
What was your experience after being elected Member of Parliament?
Hon Jamleck: Someone feels extra ordinarily loaded with responsibilities because you become responsible for many people. One is required to tackle different issues affecting many people on different levels and therefore you are ever engaged. Nevertheless, I’m humbled being an MP in the tenth Parliament
Bentah Auma, 13 years.
How did you manage to beat your opponents to be elected MP for Kigumo?
Hon Jamleck: I managed to beat them by presenting clear guidelines on how I intended to offer good leadership to my constituents. I believe they found me suitable, hence electing me as their representative.
Denis Musyoka, 12 years.
What are some of the qualities an MP must have to be appointed minister?
Hon Jamleck: Ministerial appointments are done by the president. The president must have faith in you. Also presidents are known to have great experience in politics and therefore they understand young politicians better. This makes them know who among them can make a good leader.