The political season is officially on in Kenya with all eyes on General Election slated for August 9th 2022. Many politicians are fighting for their survival as Members of County Assemblies, Members of Parliament, Governors, Senators and Women Representatives. The presidential race is also going to be tough with DP William Ruto and Opposition leader Hon Raila Odinga being seen as the top contenders. As 2022 approaches senior political women are emerging as forces to reckon. From Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, Kirinyaga Governor Susan Kihika, Kitu Governor Hon Charity Ngilu, Kandara Member of Parliament Hon Alice Wahome to Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Hon Gladys Boss Shollei.
But amongst all of them, one lady is standing tall and emerging as force as 2022 presidential campaign knocks. She is Martha Karua. The Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua who was once commonly referred to as the ‘Iron Lady’ is back on the political arena and in a big way.
She was recently unanimously named as the Mt Kenya Unity Forum (MKUF) spokesperson to chart the way forward for the region as jostling ahead of the next elections picks up pace. She was tasked to negotiate on a pre-election coalition pact with like-minded presidential aspirants. Karua was named after a consultative meeting held in Naivasha, Nakuru County attended by party leaders from the region. Many are alleging their is a possibility of her being the running mate to Deputy President William Ruto in the upcoming presidential elections.
Hon. Martha Karua is a social justice advocate and politics and governance expert with a career of over 30 years rooted in law and spanning across social activism, judicial, constitutional and political arenas. She holds Holds an Bachelors Law Degree from the University of Nairobi and Masters degree in Business Administration from USIU-Africa.
Women in politics, are not there just to spice things up, but they are key change and Martha has proved to be a tough negotiator, principled and reserved politician.
She is a former long-standing member of parliament for the Gichugu Constituency from 1992 to 2013. Until 6 April 2009 she was the Minister of Justice, National Cohesion & Constitutional Affairs. She also previously served as the Minister of Water Resources Management & Development.
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