For many Kenyans seeking greener pastures, countries like the US and UK have long been seen as lands of abundant opportunities.
Millicent Tata Wilson’s story is a testament to this narrative, as she embarked on a journey to the UK in 2023 following her loss in the 2022 general election for the position of Member of County Assembly (MCA) for Khalaba ward in Bungoma County.
“After losing the polls, I saw no need to stay in Kenya, so I decided to join my family residing in the UK,” Millicent shared, shedding light on her decision to relocate. She highlighted the limited job opportunities in Kenya and the unfortunate prevalence of bribery in securing employment as additional factors influencing her choice.
Upon her arrival in the UK, Millicent strategically ventured into the construction industry, leveraging her skills as a laborer. Navigating the necessary procedures, she secured a job that met the required skill level and English language proficiency standards.
“In the construction industry, my work is diverse and physically demanding. From site preparation to material handling and assisting skilled workers, my role involves a range of tasks,” Millicent explained, portraying the dynamic nature of her job.
As a laborer, Millicent operates small machinery, contributes to maintaining a clean and safe construction site, and collaborates closely with other professionals to ensure the efficient progress and safety adherence of construction projects. She takes pride in her vital role as a team member, actively contributing to the overall success of the projects she is involved in.
Working diligently for nine hours a day, Millicent earns a respectable 13 pounds per hour, translating to 2,481.61 Kenyan Shillings. She attests that the income is not only sustainable but also allows her to comfortably navigate the relatively low housing tax in the UK compared to other countries.
“Taxes in the UK are consistently directed towards the development and welfare of the people,” Millicent affirms, highlighting the positive aspects of the UK’s tax system.
Looking forward, Millicent is not resting on her laurels. She is currently undertaking a 6-week welding course, aiming to enhance her skills and open up new opportunities. With the completion of this course, Millicent anticipates earning Ksh 61,000 per day, showcasing her determination to continuously improve and advance in her chosen field.
Millicent’s ultimate motivation extends beyond her current success in the UK. She envisions using the financial stability gained through her endeavors to return to Kenya and vie for the Bungoma senate seat.