Top Woman Charged With Facilitating Uhuru's Legacy Projects

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta has partnered with many agencies and partners in an effort to ensuring that his Big 4 Agenda is on track before the expiry of his term in 2022.

    One of the key agencies that the president has partnered with, mostly on the part of infrastructural development, is the Africa50, an investment platform.

    According to the organization's website, Africa50 contributes to Africa's growth by developing and investing in bankable projects, catalyzing public sector capital and mobilizing private sector funding.

    From left: Former Treasury CS Henry Rotich with President Uhuru Kenyatta and other Delegates at the Africa 50 General Shareholders Meeting held in Nairobi on 19, July 2018.

    At the helm of Africa50 is Carole Wamuyu Wainaina, the Chief Operations Officer and the second in command at the Morocco-based lender, a post she has held since 2017.

    Wamuyu has had a stellar career that has been cultivated with time and patience.

    Wamuyu, at only 23, worked as a management consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) before a stint with Kenya Wildlife Service as a special assistant to the executive director.

    She then had a 14-year stint with the Coca-Cola company as the group human resource director serving Europe, Asia, and Africa, before acting as the executive vice president for Philips.

    Before landing her leading role at Africa50, Wamuyu acted as the assistant secretary general in the United Nations, having been appointed by the former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

    According to her LinkedIn profile, the 53-year-old financial guru was a former student of Loreto High School, in Limuru, before she proceeded to the University of Southern Queensland to pursue business studies.

    President Kenyatta (middle) with the Africa50 Chief Executive Officer Alain Ebobisse and Chief Operating Officer Carole Wamuyu Wainaina at Statehouse, Nairobi on March 1, 2018.

    In July 2018, President Kenyatta announced that the country would double its contribution to Africa50 to Ksh10.07 billion, as the pan-African infrastructural investor sought to increase its support for the government’s development agenda.

    Uhuru stated that the move would increase Africa50’s total capital to about Ksh88.7 billion, boosting the investor’s funding capacity in infrastructural projects across Africa.

    On November 29, Power50 signed a deal with an Indian firm Powergrid towards the development, finance, construction and operation of power transmission lines in Kenya, in line with President Kenyatta's pledge to connect electricity to every household in the country.