Hon. Tendai Mtana Lewa, Executive Secretary, Education & Children, The County Government of Mombasa

Hon. Tendai Mtana Lewa, Executive Secretary, Education & Children, The County Government of Mombasa

As the youngest gubernatorial candidate in the 2013 general election in Mombasa, Kenya, his participation as an independent candidate in the election was a display of courage, confidence and self-awareness. The choice to represent family as a constituency was a bold move especially in a town that has had many families destroyed by drug abuse, acts of terrorism and negative ethnicity. His candidacy required him to present a professional image of self and the constituency that he represented. In campaign meetings with academic, business, community and government leaders, he needed to convey his constituents interest clearly and concisely, adjusting style, balancing needs and motivations according to purpose and audience. Regardless of calls for cessation from young men within the Coast province of Kenya, a treasonable act under Kenyan law, his participation in this election displayed his ability to stand as a young person to tackle difficult problems. His resolve to represent and address the historical injustices faced by families over 300 years, while showing consideration for the rule of law, demonstrated the diligent governance and resource management skills necessary to achieve the 9,000 votes he got during my campaign. Despite losing election, the commitment and resolve to serve those who voted for him and reach out to those who never got a chance to hear and understand his message. These include the families in Mombasa, the Coast Province, Kenya and Africa through the Foundation for Law and Governance, (FLAG), a trust that he set up in 2012 to raise leaders across Africa. Hon. Tendai Mtana is the Chairman Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani JKP Elimu Executive Committee. He has also chaired in other boards. Hon. Tendai Mtana is a Graduate of the University of Reading (UK) with a Field of policy Degree. He further has certification in the following areas; ? Certificate as an Organisation Performance Index (OPI), Company of the Year Award (COYA) Kenya Institute of Management, (KIM), 2010 ? Certificate in Business Administration, National Union of Students NUS (U.K) 1999 ? Certificate in Lobbying & Campaigning, National Union of Students NUS (U.K) 1999 ? Certificate in Strategic Management Tools to Support Policy Change, Management Systems International, Washington D.C. 2002