Priscilla Nyokabi – Biography
Priscilla Nyokabi was born on 1979. She is a Kenyan Politician who belongs to The National Alliance (TNA) and she is the Women Representative for Nyeri County.
She was nominated by the Nation Media Group’s Business Daily as one of the Top 40, under 40 women excelling in their careers in 2010 and 2011.
Priscilla Nyokabi – Committee Memberships
Priscilla Nyokabi serves in the Committees of;
- Justice and Legal Affairs (Vice Chair),
- Budget and Appropriations Committee and House Business Committee,
- House Business Committee Member,
- Chairperson of Caucus 47 that brings together all forty seven County Women Representatives,
- Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) Executive Committee Member,
- Catholic MPS Forum Member.
Before her election to Parliament, Hon. Nyokabi was the Executive Director of Kituo cha Sheria a Non-Governmental human rights and legal aid organization. Hon. Nyokabi also served as the Deputy Presiding Officer Eastern Africa in the African Union Permanent Assembly of the Civil Society (AU ECOSOC). She has served as a Media Council of Kenya Complaints Commissioner. Hon. Nyokabi was selected as a Top 40 under 40 Woman in 2010 and 2011.
Priscilla Nyokabi holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma from the Kenya School of Law. She is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. As a Parliamentarian Hon Nyokabi champions the issues of women and human rights and development. Hon Nyokabi enjoys travelling, reading, music, theatre and football in her limited free time. She is a Christian and a married mother of one.Priscilla Nyokabi
Priscilla Nyokabi Profile
Priscilla Nyokabi, the Nyeri County women’s representative, has a natural talent of starting numerous small political fires and discreetly disappearing into the shadows to watch firefighters battle them. Once they are through with putting out all the fires, she shows up, easily shrugging off attempts to associate her with them.
For that reason alone, she has an equal number of political friends and enemies who are sharply divided over her political image in Nyeri, especially because she aspires to contest for the area’s gubernatorial post in 2022.
The division is played out in debates in the county where she is the main character in many political casts, mostly being on the receiving end of harsh criticism over an issue.
Last week, Priscilla Nyokabi who is a 2010 and 2011 Business Daily nominee for Top 40 under 40 women was the subject of a hot debate in the county after she made public remarks about her governor Nderitu Gachagua who for health reasons has been out of his work station for the past four months.
“I want to appeal to the people of Nyeri to be making wise choices regarding our leaders. We want strong leaders who will be there for us and with stamina to guide our development agenda,” she said.
Priscilla Nyokabi – Things went haywire
Things went haywire, with the area’s Jubilee Youth Alliance for 2017 leader Dishon Warui hitting the streets with pronouncements that “our women rep is a sadist who is celebrating the ill health of our governor.”
Mr Warui wanted to know from Ms Nyokabi “what her guarantee was that she could not also get sick and be hospitalised.”
He said: “This habit of leaders trying to make political gain out of anything, including sickness, is sadistic and portrays Ms Nyokabi as one who can easily commit murder to get political mileage.”
True to her character, Ms Nyokabi never responded to the claims, neither did she attempt to publicly clarify what she meant, and to the chagrin of her political detractors, she appears to be getting off scot free.
The 37-year-old Nyokabi who is known for her trademark wigs and love for Kitenges ( African print dresses) strikes one as a deeply articulate mind with a raw talent for reading the public pulse right.
Loved by the media for her readiness to pick up a call, honour an interview and chat non-pretentiously, her supporters swear that she has never switched off her cell phone on them or failed to answer their calls over any issue.
Perhaps this is why when she was recently accused of having had a hand in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s woes at the International Criminal Court (ICC), and pressure groups emerged to stage demonstrations against her, their efforts did not go far.
“I give it to Nyeri people that they are sharp enough to always separate petty wars from real wars. In this, they knew it was a dirty war that had no bearing. They kept off and that is why I am proud to have my roots in Nyeri,” she says.
Priscilla Nyokabi who is a daughter of peasant parents from Gura village in Othaya sub-county was alleged to have played a role in coaching fake witnesses to testify against the president.
The allegations were made by anti-ICC crusader David Matsanga from Uganda who named her in a plot to have Mr Kenyatta jailed while she served as executive director for the Kituo cha Sheria between January 2009 to October 1, 2012.
Priscilla Nyokabi Education
A law graduate of the University of Nairobi, Priscilla Nyokabi remained mum, heard nothing, saw nothing hence had nothing to respond to.
As pressure piled, Jubilee operatives in Nyeri wrote her a letter demanding an explanation as to why she was so insensitive “to political pulse of her tribal house” so as to scheme for the jailing of their “prominent son.”
“Kindly avail yourself at our Nyeri offices to shed more light on allegations that you hatched, handled and tailored false witnesses while you were at Kituo Cha Sheria to fix Mr Kenyatta and Mr Francis Muthaura,” the letter that she was sent reads in part.
Mr Matsanga further alleged that Ms Nyokabi had been mandated to procure fake Mungiki witnesses from Nyeri to testify at the ICC.
Priscilla Nyokabi never fought hard to ward off the attack. She appeared unrattled and when Business Daily called her for comment, she quipped: “Those sending me those letters are not elected to any position. They represent no one. They are all men and I am wondering whether they have an interest in vying for a women’s position which I currently occupy.”
Asked whether she was not aware of the political danger the attack on her posed, she said: “My worry right now is how to develop my home county, not how to respond to people who pose no political threat to me.”
Regarding whether she was not afraid of being thrown out of her sponsoring political party, she posed: “By who? Our party leaders and followers know how to read into petty wars. Those spending time fighting me will get no match in me. I know wars have no trophies, no salaries and they can go and engage those idling out of political power matrix. I am in government.”
The politician, who served at Mohammed Muigai Advocates as a lawyer as well as at the International Commission for Jurists (ICJ), says her critics have a consistent pattern of avoiding defamation and slander against her.
Having grown up in the village where she attended a public primary school before joining Loreto High School where she finished in 1996, Ms Nyokabi says the Christian values inculcated in her keeps her going.
“I am a humble villager who worked hard to be what I am. The disconnect between me and my political detractors is that I am in public servitude as a leader seeking to mould as many as humanly possible,” she says.
Priscilla Nyokabi Husband
A wife and a mother, she says she draws her strength from her husband who always gives her an assurance thus: “Even if they kick you out of your party positions or even out of politics, you have a home and love in my house.”
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