Top three Mt. Kenya Iron ladies


Martha Karua – Narc Kenya Party leader, Winnie Guchu - Chief Administrative Secretary for Interior and Njoki Ndung’u – Judge of Supreme Court.

By: Dan

Worth Noting:

  • Martha Wangari Karua, aged 64, is a revered Kenyan politician who was instrumental in second liberation and currently is the Narc Kenya Party leader.
  • Winnie Guchu, aged 55, is the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for Interior, she is a renowned independent consultant and a trainer on democracy, governance and electoral processes.
  • Susanna Njoki Ndung’u, aged 56, is a Kenyan lawyer and former politician who served as nominated Member of Parliament between 2003 and 2007 courtesy of National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) led by former President Mwai Kibaki.

Many are the times that people focus on influential men in governance, but today we turn our focus on Women who sit at the table of decision-making.

These ladies are determinant on social, economic and political matters thus it’s worthwhile for anyone serious in becoming the president of this nation and is focusing on Mt. Kenya region should engage some of these wonder ladies otherwise ignore them at his or her own peril.

Many political players across the political divide they have sought the services of some of these great women this has prompted us to profile some of them and their great contribution to Kenyan governance and political development.

Martha Karua – Narc Kenya Party leader

Martha Karua – Narc Kenya Party leader

Martha Wangari Karua, aged 64, is a revered Kenyan politician who was instrumental in second liberation and currently is the Narc Kenya Party leader.

During the former President Kibaki era she was a powerful cabinet minister in charge of Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion & Constitutional Affairs. She was a long-standing member of parliament for the Gichugu Constituency.

During her tenure in the cabinet, she was referred to as “the only man” in the PNU Cabinet, despite the fact that all the other Cabinet members were men.

Karua first won the 1992 general election to become the MP for Gichugu constituency and the first woman lawyer to be popularly elected to Parliament after trouncing wealthy and influential former Head of Public Service Geoffrey Kareithi.

Karua was among the Twenty-four Senior Counsels that were officially conferred the rank in the year 2020 by Chief Justice emeritus David Maraga.

She was honoured together with other notable legal professionals like Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Fredrick Ngatia, Mohammed Nyaoga, Philip Murgor, Albert Mumma, Beautah Alukhava Siganga, Kiragu Kimani, Dr. Fackson Wainaina Kagwe, OM Parkash Nagpal, Pravan Kumar Bowry, Charles Waweru Gatonye, and Rautta Athiambo.

Karua was last month unanimously elected as an interim spokesperson by a section of political leaders for the Mount Kenya Region in a consultative meeting held in Naivasha, Nakuru County.

The meeting was attended by among others TSP leader Mwangi Kiunjuri, former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.

The leaders elected Karua to spearhead talks with all presidential candidates seeking votes in the Mount Kenya region, she will present and bargain on a blueprint they are working on. This places her as a key factor in determining the direction of 2022 succession elections.

Though Martha is in public domain stating that she will vie for Kirinyaga County gubernatorial seat leading presidential aspirants among them Raila Odinga of ODM are said to be eyeing her for position of Deputy President a seat that political pundits are holding she is a perfect fit.

Winnie Guchu – Chief Administrative Secretary for Interior

Winnie Guchu – Chief Administrative Secretary for Interior

Winnie Guchu, 55, is the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for Interior, she is a renowned independent consultant and a trainer on democracy, governance and electoral processes.

Winnie served as TNA executive director the party that President Uhuru Kenyatta used to vie for presidency and won for the first time in 2013. She was later appointed as commissioner at Judicial Service Commission.

Winnie is a former commissioner at Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) which was disbanded in November 2011, and she went back to independent consulting.

Guchu holds a Bachelors of Education degree from Kenyatta University she graduated in 1991 and after being posted to remove Taita Taveta region she was not amused and opted to work as a personnel and administrative manager at an engineering consultancy firm, Otieno Odongo and Partners where she worked for two years.

Later together with her sister Christine they founded a management consultancy firm — WMG —where they focus on strategy, training and management.

She has worked many other organizations as a research and consultant among them:

  • Sondu Miriu project
  • Christian Children’s Fund (CCF)
  • Programme officer at Fida-Kenya
  • Several international NGOs training on elections in different African countries
  • Education Centre for Women in Democracy
  • National HIV Responses for the National Aids Control Council

Her wealth in consulting and governance matters have seen President Uhuru seek her services in his first and second term in office.

Njoki Ndung’u – Judge of Supreme Court

Njoki Ndung’u – Judge of Supreme Court

 Susanna Njoki Ndung’u, aged 56, is a Kenyan lawyer and former politician who served as nominated Member of Parliament between 2003 and 2007 courtesy of National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) led by former President Mwai Kibaki.

Currently, she serves at the Supreme Court of Kenya, and she is one of the first Kenyan women to serve at the apex court after its introduction courtesy of 2010 Kenyan constitution. She Joined the Supreme court in 2012.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Nairobi and a Master of Laws (LLM) in human rights and civil liberties from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.

Njoki Ndung’u is credited for her role in as the architect and mover of the ‘Sexual Offences Bill, 2006’ which was eventually passed as the Sexual Offences Act 2006.

Justice Njoki and Justice Jacktone Boma Ojwang rendered a dissenting opinion citing no evidence to announce the elections as null and void during 2017 General elections where a majority led former Chief justice David Maraga nullified the elections.

Njoki started her career at the Office of the Attorney General as a state counsel. She has worked at UNHCR Kenya Branch Office as a national protection officer and as a programme officer (Civic Education) with the Institute For Education in Democracy.

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