September 23, 2019

Gladys Boss Shollei, the lady who hated farming but runs a successful dairy farm in Uasin Gishu

By Pharis Kinyua: Jamhuri News

Gladys Boss Shollei is a name known all too well in the country, but little is known of the personality.

Just recently, she clinched Jubilee Party ticket to vie for Uasin Gishu County Women Representative seat. She managed to scoop over 60, 000 votes.

Shollei, a mother of three came into public light after taking up the office of the Chief Registrar in the Judiciary during the reign of former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga.

But her fame waned with time and she became a sensation for the media after she was fired for abuse of office, misappropriation of funds among other allegations.

These allegations piled so much pressure on her and she decided to leave the hustle and bustle of the city for her farm in Uasin Gishu County to concentrate on her dairy farming venture.

This, for her, was something unexpected since she did not like animal farming at all. She says, as told by the Standard, that she disliked animal husbandry and at a tender age, she would tell her mother that she will work hard to venture into other things and not farming.

“You will be surprised to learn that when I was young, I disliked animal rearing. Actually I used to tell my mother that I will have to work extra hard in life so that I would venture into other businesses. But look now the narrative has however changed, it has become part of our family and a business life

However, she developed a change of heart with time and today; she runs a successful dairy farm and one of the most sophisticated in this case.

She has embraced technology and also appreciates the importance of having professionals help her out in her farm.

This has helped her venture give good results in return as she says.

Shollei, wife to Standard Group CEO Sam Shollei, is a trained lawyer by profession. She holds a Master’s degree in Maritime Environmental law from University of Cape Town, a Law degree from University of Nairobi and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

In her 20-year stint as an advocate, Shollei has served as UNEP’s international waters consultant, team coach for Jessup International Moot Competition where under her stewardship, her teams bagged five awards in the student lawyers competition.

She is also credited for major reforms at National Council of Law Reporting where she has also served as a CEO.

She says that her entry to politics is a bid to champion for women rights which she feels, she has the capacity to do so.