Martha Karua Biography and Profile
Martha Karua( Martha Wangari Karua) was born on 22nd September 1957 in Kirinyaga county. She is a Kenyan politician who has served as the Member of Parliament for Gichugu constituency and an advocate for the High court of Kenya.
Martha Karua Education Background
1977 → 1980: Undergraduate Student of University of Nairobi
1980 → 1981: Student of Kenya School of Law (Postgraduate Diploma)
Secondary School Student of Keburia Girls’ School, Ngiriambu Girls’ School (O-Level)
Secondary School Student Nairobi Girls’ School(A levels)
Primary School Student of St. Michael’s Girls’ Boarding Primary School
Primary School Student of Mugumo Primary School
Primary School Student of Kabare Boarding Primary School
Martha Karua Professional Career
After completing high school, which Martha jokes about having attended four different schools, she went on to pursue a law degree at Nairobi University and graduated with honors. At the young age of 24, Martha was appointed as a Magistrate and served in a number of courts including Nakuru and Kibera. As a Magistrate Martha was renowned for consistently demonstrating keen and just discernment in her cases.
Following her magisterial position, Martha went into private practice where she took on, often without compensation, cases of many human rights activists and at the risk of being blacklisted and even jailed by the then dictatorial Moi government. Martha recounts how she, fearing for her life, sat down her two young children and explained to them how her work could lead to her disappearance. “It was a difficult thing to do, but I wanted them to be prepared in case one day, I did not come back home.”
It is her dedication to rule of law that that has seen Martha advancing women’s rights through her leadership and advocacy in government and past involvement in international organizations such as the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Kenya) and national organizations such as the League of Kenyan Women Voters, of which she was one of the founders and it’s the first chair. Her legislative work has continued to further the causes of women and she has contributed significantly to the development of family law in Kenya.
Martha Karua Political Positions
2011 – 4th March 2013: Aspirant President for Kenya
April 2008 – April 2009: Cabinet Minister Of Justice & Constitutional Affairs
2008 – 4th March 2013: Member of Parliament for Gichugu constituency.
December 2005 – April 2008: Cabinet Minister Of Justice & Constitutional Affairs
January 2003 – December 2005: Cabinet Minister of Water & Irrigation
2003 – 2007: Member of Parliament for Gichugu constituency.
Started 2002: Party leader of NARC – Kenya
1998 – 2002: Member of Parliament for Gichugu constituency.
1992 – 1997: Member of Parliament for Gichugu constituency.
1992- 1997: Legal Affairs Secretary of Democratic Party of Kenya (DP)
Martha Wangari Karua Presidential Candidate
Martha Karua has declared her bid to run for president of Kenya in 2012 and the first step is to get the nomination from her party Narc Kenya. If elected, Martha envisions a government in which Kenya and its people come first. A government that responds efficiently and equitably to the needs of the people, provides them with an environment in which they can achieve their potential so as to restore hope and to build a secure future. She is ready to Step Up and be counted.
“We could go so much further as a country but we first have to get our house in order and rid ourselves of the bad habits that hold us back and I am prepared to do that job” ~ Martha Karua
Martha Karua Committee Memberships
2008 – January 2013: Member of Committee on Powers and Privileges – (National Assembly Powers and Privileges Act)
2008 – January 2013: Member of Public Accounts Committee
2008 – January 2013: Member of House Business Committee
Martha Karua Age
Martha Karua was born on 22 September 1957, she is 61 years old as of 2018.
Martha Karua Family
Martha Wangari Karua is the second born child, in a family of eight, of Mr. and Mrs. Jackson Karua and Josephine Wanjiru Karua from Kimunye village, Gichugu constituency.
Martha Karua Husband
Details on Martha Karua marriage and husband to be updated soon…
Martha Karua Children
Martha Karua is a mother of two – Wawira and Njoka
Martha Karua Contacts
Address: P.O. Box 9021, Nairobi, Kenya
P.O Box 41842 – 00100
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 0721 623 342/020 2221291 Ext 32548/0733 747551
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Martha Karua Quotes
Some recent quotes from Ms. Martha Karua, who resigned on Monday as Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister.
“The rule of law is in jeopardy and the government and people of Kenya will not continue to stand and watch as things run as usual… the Judiciary must get down to work and make changes now. If it does not, the people shall.” – Responding to Chief Justice Evan Gicheru who had accused her of interfering in the affairs of the judiciary.
“While the Judiciary readily issues injunctions against the investigation of suspects purportedly in support of their constitutional rights, it has done little to expedite the hearing of anti-corruption cases.” – Speaking in Geneva.
“The reactions are just the encouragement I need … I can chew gum and walk at the same time.” – Reacting to reports that some MPs were planning a censure motion against her.
“Yes. We will fight, but it will survive because of the self-interest of politicians, not because of the welfare of wananchi (citizens).” – On the coalition government’s survival chances.
“The role of Parliament is to be watchdog while that of the government is to serve the people. When a query relating to a ministry is raised, the minister responsible must not take it as a challenge, unless he has something to hide.” – Supporting a no-confidence motion against Agriculture minister William Ruto.
“It is not too early and I will continue without fear… “Even as I campaign for my party Narc-Kenya I am still doing my ministerial work.” – Shrugging off criticism by President Kibaki to stop early campaigning.
“Some members in the original Narc have now ganged up with members of the former regime to frustrate the graft war by politicizing it.” – Speaking on the war against corruption.
Martha Karua Latest News
Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua has urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to crack the whip on high ranking suspects in the fight against corruption.
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Karua argued that Uhuru is surrounded by corrupt individuals, adding that the fight to end the vice will not bear fruits if the Head of State spares his cronies.
The former Gichugu Member of Parliament insisted that there is an urgent need for President Uhuru to ensure public resources are protected for the sake of the taxpayer.
“@UKenyatta For the war on graft to progress, there is an urgent need for you to act decisively on high ranking suspects in a cabinet and civil service,” said Karua in a Tweet on Thursday.
Karua’s remarks come after Uhuru urged Chief Justice David Maraga to prioritize cases involving loss of billions in government projects. Uhuru, who is on his second and final term in office, acknowledged the fact that billions of taxpayers’ money are being lost through unclear deals.
He called upon leaders and Kenyans to support him as he seeks to leave behind a legacy before he retires in 2022, adding that there is nothing like small and big fish when it comes to the fight against graft.