In Summary
  • Ms Kihika has been the Nakuru County Assembly Speaker before joining the senate race.
  • In Uasin Gishu, Prof Margaret Kamar, is back to active politics, in a historic way.
  • The third history maker in this year’s Senate election is Isiolo’s Ms Dullo.

Three women are on the verge of making political history as the first elected female senators in Kenya.
Uasin Gishu’s Margaret Kamar, Nakuru’s Susan Kihika and Isiolo’s Fatuma Dullo are set to be the first three women in the country’s history to sit in the Senate, not as nominated senators, but as elected ones once the election results are officially declared by IEBC.

They beat their opponents with large margins, proving beyond any doubt that indeed, they are popular in their respective home turfs.

It has been a long and tough journey for these three women, some of whom have had to overcome several hurdles in their paths to victory.

SUSAN KIHIKA

Ms Kihika who has been the Nakuru County Assembly Speaker before joining the senate race, made her first attempt at politics in 2013 when she unsuccessfully tried to unseat Kimani Ngunjiri in the Bahati parliamentary race.

The 43-year-old had returned to the country in 2012, after living in the US for 20 years.

Unperturbed by her loss, Ms Kihika returned to politics soon after and floored 12 men to become the Speaker in Nakuru.

Ms Kihika almost failed to make it to the ballot after the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal nullified her candidature saying she had not yet resigned from her Speaker’s position as required by law.

HIGH COURT RULING

The High Court later quashed the decision on grounds that the tribunal was acting out of its mandate and did not have the jurisdiction to make decisions on matters that required interpretation of the Constitution.

After that, Ms Kihika went to the polls and garnered 637,700 votes, trouncing her opponents to be the second senator of Nakuru County.

After attending Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls High School in Nyeri, Ms Kihika then went to the US to study political science and government at the University of North Texas and later a Jurist Doctorate Law Degree at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

While in the US, Ms Kihika served as chief prosecutor and later founded her law firm, The Kihika Law Firm in Dallas, Texas.

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