Former Nyeri Women Representative Priscilla Nyokabi ( Photo Courtesy)
At the beginning, Priscilla Nyokabi appeared headed to political greatness after announcing her arrival in the murky world of politics in style.
At 35 years, she won the Nyeri Women Representative position on a TNA party ticket during the 2013 general election. During her only term in office, she was consistently ranked as one of the top performing legislators in the country.
But in 2017, against the wishes and expectations of many, Nyokabi suffered a shock defeat during the Jubilee Party nominations. Her defeat at the hands of little-known Rahab Mukami sent shockwaves across the Mount Kenya region.
Being a key member of the then President Uhuru Kenyatta's inner circle, she was appointed to head the National Gender and Equality Commission. But in the run up to the 2022 general election, she resigned and joined race for Nyeri senator position.
All this time, she allied herself to Uhuru and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga's Azimio la Umoja political formation. But in reality, the Mount Kenya region appeared so much inclined towards the then Deputy President William Ruto's camp. And Nyokabi was going to pay a heavy price for her political decisions.
While vying on a Jubilee Party ticket, she faced-off with former Mukuruweini MP, Kabando wa Kabando. They both lost to Ruto man, Wahome Wamatinga. And just like that, Nyokabi lost her second straight election.
With age factor still favouring her, she can easily make a political comeback in future. But for this to happen, she has to play her cards well.
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