Jackie’s received biggest support from 18 male champions and community members in Kanyasa Ward to get the Party’s Certificate to vie as the Member of the County Assembly (MCA) on an Orange Democratic Party ticket in the April political party primaries. The male champions adopted a polling station each, put up campaign structures and mobilized voters for the nomination exercise while the community members in Kanyasa Ward made a statement to the Party headquarters that facilitated her award of the certificate to vie.
In the political party primaries conducted in April 2017, Jackie won with 1361 votes but she was rigged out by her opponents. This prompted her to launch a case before the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal with the support from Kanyasa community members and male champions in Kanyasa Ward. During the hearing, she provided strong evidence of agents being bribed by her opponents, resulting in a judgement in her favour. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) gazetted her as the candidate for Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) in Kanyasa Ward. She took advantage of radio programme on voter mobilization facilitated by male champions to articulate important issues and map different religious institutions for campaign purposes.
During Uraia’s empowerment and leadership skills trainings for women aspirants in 2017, Jackie was one of the women candidates who acquired and applied her skills on how to break barriers that undermine women leadership, identifying political agenda, branding, public speaking, how to conduct a political campaign, engaging with the media, dealing with negative propaganda and resources mobilization among others. Through these trainings, Jackie realised that she could make a difference in the lives of children, women, youth and the elderly within her community. She applied the skills acquired during the training and put a strong campaign and marketed her manifesto to the people of Kanyasa and managed to get goodwill from the political party that sponsored her.
Jackie Ongoro is a Member of the County Assembly(MCA) candidate in Kanyasa Ward, Nyatike Constituency Migori County. Her most recent occupation was a nurse at Pumwani Hospital Nairobi until she left to join elective politics. Jackie sought to represent Kanyasa ward at the County Assembly. Her candidature inspired by a myriad of problems in the Ward ranging from high poverty level, high number of school dropouts, poor infrastructure, poor health care as well as insufficient clean and safe water. She felt that the current leadership had done little to address these problems despite its enhanced capacity through devolution espoused in the Constitution. Jackie also noticed that the level of citizen participation in planning and budgeting process remained dismal in Kanyasa Ward, while clannism, retrogressive cultural practices and insecurity continued to flourish. She found these issues to be key threats which, if not urgently addressed, would continue to undermine development in Kanyasa Ward.