Charles Jura, 34

Assistant County Commissioner, Manager

Huduma Centre, Makueni County

In the heart of Makueni County, where public service meets the grassroots, Charles stands as a dedicated civil servant, passionately transforming lives and communities.

His journey from hardship to service excellence is not just a personal triumph but a testament to the profound impact one individual can make.

As Assistant County Commissioner and Huduma Centre Manager for the last eight years, he has smoothly coordinated national government securities, programmes and projects at the sub-country level.

At Huduma Centre, he coordinates the daily management processes to ensure efficient operations,

"He is a beacon of hope and positive change, a reminder that transformation begins with service to others."

Serving the public at the lowest levels of society and providing critical services that make a difference, he divulges, is what fulfils him.

“I derive fulfilment from ensuring that people are satisfied with services rendered,” he affirms, underscoring his commitment to public welfare.

Charles’ journey to public service is rooted in his experience of overcoming hardship. Raised in Rarieda in Siaya County, he faced financial constraints that delayed his entry into high school by two years.

Despite the challenges, he remained a top student, seizing an opportunity to attend Nyankore Secondary School in Kuria after narrowly missing out on admission at Maraga High School.

His academic prowess continued to shine, earning him a coveted spot at Maseno University, where he pursued Development Studies with IT—a choice aligned with his passion.

Over the years, he has overseen outreach programmes in Kilifi, Garissa, and Makueni. Before moving to Makueni, he helped thousands of Kilifi residents acquire birth certificates for their children. This was later credited with improving school enrolment in the region.

In Garissa, where he worked as a volunteer, he linked children with cleft lips (birth defect affecting the upper lip), who faced discrimination and stigmatisation, with a non-governmental organisation that performed free corrective surgery, thereby improving lives.

His commitment to community development and service excellence has not gone unnoticed. He was picked by the US government for the Mandela Washington Fellowship, an honour bestowed upon him by President Barack Obama in 2016.

His legacy is one of resilience, academic achievement, and an unwavering dedication to uplifting communities. He is a beacon of hope and positive change, a reminder that transformation begins with service to others.

When not at work, he walks into the fields and appreciates the greenery while unwinding, having planted thousands of trees in his home area.

Lynet Igadwah