When the Nakuru County Assembly Speaker Susan Wakarura Kihika was declared the winner of the
Jubilee Party senatorial nomination yesterday at the Nakuru ASK showground, two things stood out about
Ms Kihika is on the verge of making history by becoming the first ever woman Senator in Nakuru County if
she is elected on August 8.
She firmly stamped her authority and confirmed that she is indeed the Iron Lady of Nakuru politics.
Ms Kihika’s basket of votes exceeded even the one for governor and Woman rep winners, Lee Kinyanjui
and Ms Liza Chelule, who garnered 216,385 and 119,924 votes respectively.
She beat a male dominated field that included some of the most seasoned politicians like John Njenga
Mungai and Mr Koigi Wamwere by polling 270,581 votes.
“Devolution is a great thing and that is why I want to go to Senate to defend it on behalf of Wanjiku,” she
At the male dominated Nakuru County Assembly, Ms Kihika was loved and hated in equal measure, but
she stood firm to make sure the assembly delivered on its key responsibilities of oversight and legislation.
“The assembly will go down in history as one of the best rated in the devolved units as we put to task
Governor Kinuthia Mbugua administration by turning down his unqualified appointees and formed ad hoc
committee to unearth malpractices in his administration,” said the mother of two teenage girls.
“I am a go-getter, a fighter, a dreamer and an ambitious politician,” she told the Nation before the
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto picked her in their disbanded re-election campaign
team, a sign that they had faith in her.
When she returned to the country in 2012 after living in the US for 20 years, Ms Kihika plunged herself into
Nakuru politics but tested what was in store for her when her bid to oust Kimani Ngunjiri in the Bahati seat
She is one politician who always appears energetic and ready to get things done the right way or bulldoze
her way through.
“As a woman to fit into the male dominated Kenya politics, I have taught myself to fight and hit even below
the belt if need be to make sure I achieve my goals,” she said.
She floored 12 men to become Speaker in 2013 and turned out to be one of the most powerful and
influential individuals in Nakuru County politics.
As Speaker of the Nakuru County Assembly, she led the assembly to pass more than 80 motions that have
culminated into laws.
Ms Kihika was born in 1974 and attended Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls in Nyeri County before going in the
US in 1993 for further studies.
She holds a degree in Political Science and Government from the University of North Texas in Denton,
She also did a Jurist Doctorate Law Degree from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, US.
She once served as chief prosecutor in the US where she was responsible for prosecuting thousands of
She founded her law firm, The Kihika Law Firm in Dallas.
Ms Kihika is the Vice Chairperson of the County Assemblies Forum.
Source-Daily Nation Saturday April 29 2017