Taveta MP Naomi Shaban ( Photo Courtesy)
Having joined Parliament in 2002, Dr Shaban and Mbarire are the longest serving female MPs in the country. This is no mean achievement for the duo considering the competitive nature of Kenyan politics.
In a country where female politicians face all manner of challenges, the two have defied all odds to hit the glass ceiling.
Dr Shaban left the medical field to join politics in the run to the 2002 general election.
While vying on a KANU ticket, Dr Shaban won the Taveta seat with a landslide win. She would repeat the same feat in 2007, where she ended up in the cabinet under President Mwai Kibaki.
In 2013, she was elected for a third term on a TNA party ticket and became an influential figure in President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee Government.
In 2017; the fourth term. By 2022, Dr Shaban would have served for terms, probably the longest period for any female politician in the history of Kenya.
Nominated MP Cecily Mbarire ( Photo Courtesy)
On her part, Mbarire started off as a Nominated Member of Parliament in 2002 courtesy of the NARC coalition which had just swept KANU out of power.
She would go on to win the Runyenjes MP seat in 2007 on a PNU party ticket.
During the 2013 general election, Mbarire was elected for a second straight term as the Runyenjes legislator on a TNA party ticket.
Going to the 2017 general election, the veteran politician declared her interest to challenge Governor Martin Wambora for the Embu gubernatorial position. She lost in the Jubilee Party nominations. But as a key cog in the President Uhuru Kenyatta political machinery, she was given an escape route as she was nominated to Parliament for the second time in her life.
As a veteran,was made the party's deputy majority whip in the National Assembly. However, she was recently ousted from her position over her political links with Deputy President William Ruto.
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