At just 13, Alicen Chelaite moved to live with the family of the late former President Daniel arap Moi at their Kabarnet home
Chelaite, a former mayor of Nakuru, helped take care of Moi’s children – Jonathan and Jenifer, as their parents worked.
Whereas most helps are looked down on by their employers, Chelaite was highly respected and treated equally with the Moi children.
Later, she said Moi was elected to join the Legislative Council (Legco) and gradually became a prominent person in Baringo County and nationally.
Several visitors would, therefore, frequent the home. Chelaite welcomed visitors who thronged the home to see Moi who was always on a different mission across the country.
Two years later, Chelaite enrolled at Kapropita Girls High School, for her secondary school education. Being from a humble family, President Moi funded her education.
After completing her secondary education, she enrolled for a secretarial course and secured employment at defunct provincial administration as a secretary.
As a secretary, she had the advantage of meeting prominent people.
In 1978 when Moi became President, Chelaite was nominated as a councillor, in Nakuru town. In 1984, she vied and won as Nakuru Municipality Councillor
In 1996, Chelaite was elected as the first woman mayor in Nakuru, a position that was male-dominated countrywide. She served for two years.
Having gathered experience in a political position, she vied as a Member of Parliament Rongai constituency in 1997 but lost.
She vied for the same position in 2002, and won. She was appointed as the Assistant Minister of Gender, Sports, Culture and Social Services from 2003 to 2007. After serving this position, she resigned from active politics and joined farming