From doctors to Honorable Members of Parliament, Senator and Deputy Governor. The Faculty of Health Sciences alumni have proved they can propel the health agenda in the country by going for elective posts to represent their constituents in the National Assembly and Senate.
In addition to the surgical skills they studied in medicine at the University of Nairobi, they also picked leadership skills that have enabled them take their careers to the next level.
We take a look at our alumni who were elected in the just concluded general elections.
Dr. Bonny Khalwale
Dr. Bonny Khalwale is a renowned politician and the current Senator of Kakamega County after being elected in the just concluded 2022 general elections. His first stint in Senate was from 2013 to 2017. Prior to that he had served as Ikolomani Member of Parliament.Dr. Khalwale graduated with a Bachelor of medicine degree in the year 1987.
After graduation, he ventured into practice from 1988 to 1998 as a medical officer employed by the
Kenyan government. In 1990 he began his own private practice as a doctor in Mombasa and moved his
clinic to Kakamega where he continued his practice until 2002.
He went ahead to join politics first as a Member of Parliament for Ikolomani constituency in 2003.
Prof. Guyo Waqo Jaldesa
Formerly a senior lecturer at the University of Nairobi Department of Obstetrics And Gynaecology, Prof. Guyo Wayo Jaldesa is currently the newly elected Member of Parliament of Moyale Constituency.Prof. Guyo joined UoN for his undergraduate studies and graduated with a Bachelors of Medicine degree. He also undertook his Master of Medicine in Obstetrics And Gynaecology at UoN from 1993 to 1997.
He has published many academic papers and conducted a lot of research in Obstetrics And Gynaecology field.He is known for his strong stand against Female Genital Mutilation practice which is very prevalent in the community where he comes from - Borana.
Dr. Nyikal James Wambura
Dr. James Nyikal studied medicine at the University of Nairobi. He is the Member of Parliament for Seme Constituency after being reelected during the 2022 general elections.Dr. Nyikal joined the University of Nairobi in the year 1972 for his undergraduate degree in medicine and surgery which he completed in 1977. He went on to pursue his Masters in Medicine Pediatrics and Child Health from 1981 to 1994. He lectured at the University of Nairobi in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health in 1996. He became the Chairperson of the Kenya Medical Association from 1997 to 2003. He also served in the executive board of the World Health Organization and held high positions at the ministry of Health-Kenya.
Hon. Nyikal ventured into politics in 2013 and successfully became the Member of Parliament for Seme Constituency in Kisumu County. He has since served in the position for two consecutive terms and is currently on his third term after a triumphant victory in the just concluded 2022 General elections.
Dr. Robert Pukose
Dr. Robert Pukose is the current Member of Parliament for Endebess Constituency in Trans-Nzoia county.
He undertook his undergraduate medicine degree (MBCHB) from the University of Nairobi.
After graduation, he went on to practice first as an intern medical officer at the Moi Referral and Teaching Hospital and later on as a medical officer in Kabarnet District Hospital. He was promoted to District Medical officer where he was overseeing Marakwet and Keiyo districts between 2001 and 2002. After this he went back to study his postgraduate where he graduated in 2007 with a Masters in Medicine- General Surgery.
In 2008 he went back as a District Medical Officer and served at the Koibatek District Hospital then Kabarnet District Hospital.
Dr. Pukose first went into politics in 2013 where he vied for the Member of Parliament seat for the then
newly formed Endebess Constituency and he won.
He is passionate about the health of the people of his constituents. He still puts his medical skills to practice as he serves his people by providing free fistula surgeries for mothers during medical camps which conducted regularly.