Coming from a system where Kenyans keep dying on the roads mainlybecause of problems like infrastructural development, policy and levels ofenforcement – where the rule of law is negotiable – becomes a challenge in improvinglivelihoods through sustainable development and good governance principles. Thedemand for policy makers capable of driving the industrialization andinfrastructure agenda for our country cannot be under emphasized hence myapplication to the Commonwealth Scholarship. After graduating from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture andTechnology with an honours degree in Civil Engineering, I am now seekingscholarship to support my studies in the United Kingdom at master’s level. Withguidance on transport and land use planning with particular reference to the UnitedKingdom would fulfil my interest in governance of transport and transportpolicy. I will bring a distinctive and considerably integral viewpoint to mypost graduate programme and I will take the technical and academic knowledgefrom my studies back with me to Kenya to further my career aspirations as apractitioner of good governance and community development. In December 2016, I was featured in the very first issue of amagazine called “Queengineers” that sought to highlight young lady engineersfrom various fields in the profession.
The aim of the magazine was to encouragemore ladies to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)careers. I contributed to the magazine by writing about my role as a RoadsEngineer who studied Civil Engineering and the impact my work has on the localcommunities as well as the country as a whole. In addition, with increasingdisputes in construction contracts in Kenya, I sought it fit to pursue disputeresolution procedures.
In November 2016, I did Introduction to ConstructionAdjudication course and I am currently in the process of applying as anAssociate with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya Branch), and Iintend to pursue it to further stages to provide a speedy mechanism forsettling disputes with the increase in infrastructural projects. I have learnt equally valuable lessons in participating inextracurricular activities. In middle school, I was a member of the schoolband, basketball team and drama production. In high school, I played tennis andnetball and was a member of the environmental and AIDS awareness club.
Theseplatforms gave me an opportunity to interact with people from variedbackgrounds while competing and communicating effectively with team membersboth orally and in writing. While in university, I was in the InternationalAssociation for the Exchange of Students of Technical Experience (IAESTE)association where we hosted several social events for the internationalstudents who were on their traineeship in Kenya. This was a good platform forcultural exposure and international cooperation and understanding amongst usstudents.