Esther Murugi Biography
Esther Murugi was born on 21st September 1953 in Nyeri County, Kenya. She is the Member of Parliament for Nyeri Town Constituency in Nyeri County. She was elected to the 11th Parliament on The National Alliance (TNA) party ticket in the Jubilee Coalition. She joined parliament in 2007 after winning the Nyeri seat on a PNU ticket.
Esther Murugi – Education Background
1973 → 1976 : Undergraduate Student of University of Nairobi (Bachelor of Arts (Land Economics))
1967 – 1972 : Secondary School Student at Moi girls high school, Eldoret
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1960 → 1966 : Primary School Student of Githiru Primary School (CPE)
Esther Murugi – Political Positions
Current Political Positions
Started 10th March 2013 : Member of the National Assembly for Nyeri Town
Started 13th February 2013 : Coalition Member of Jubilee Alliance
Started 14th January 2013 : Member of The National Alliance (TNA)
Previous Political Positions
2010 → 4th March 2013 : Cabinet Minister for Special Programmes
2008 → 4th March 2013 : Member of Parliament for Nyeri Town
2007 → 14th January 2013 : Member of Party of National Unity
2008 → 2010 : Cabinet Minister for Gender and Children’s Affairs
Esther Murugi – Job History
2008 → 2013 : Member of Kenya Women Parliamentary Association
Started 1989 : Property Manager / Valuer of Lustman & Co.
1988 → 1989 : Property Manager of Miligan & Co.
1987 → 1988 : Valuer of Mugi Property Consultants
1981 → 1986 : Property Manager of Nairobi Homes Ltd.
1977 → 1980 : Land Officer with Commissioner of Lands of Ministry of Lands
Esther Murugi – Professional Qualifications
• Member of the Institute of Surveyors of Kenya 1989 Valuation and Estate Agents Chapter
• Member of the Institute of Surveyors of Kenya 1987 Land Management Chapter
Esther Murugi – Social Life
• Member of Soroptimist International: This is a worldwide organization for women in management and professions working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women. Soroptimist activities are carried out under the following programmes:
– Economic and Social Development
– Human Rights/Status of Women
– International Goodwill and Understanding
In Kenya we have been involved in education for the girl child and have managed to educate up to O level over 25 students and 15 have been offered post secondary education.
She have served the Club in the capacity of:
1998 – 2001 – Chairlady of the Kenya Chapter
1999-2001 – Soroptimist Representative in Africa to the
Economic Commission of Africa. (E.A.). A United Nations body where she have represented them in various forums around the world.
On the local level, she have participated in community development projects:-
i) Harambees – for development of various school projects
ii) Hospital projects
iii) For individuals either by way of assisting towards hospital/school bills
iv) Women development projects especially in health and helping in realizing some of their economic ambitions.
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Esther Murugi – Deny men sex if they don’t register with IEBC to vote
Nyeri Town MP Esther Murugi has called on women to deny men conjugal rights and food until they register as voters.
Ms Murugi, who has been in the limelight in the past for making controversial statements, has also asked pastors not to allow followers in their churches unless they produce their national identity cards and the voters cards.
“As women, we have decided that our husbands and sons will not also get food until they register as voters,” she said.
Women who do not get listed should also not be given money to buy food or for any other use, the MP added.
Ms Murugi said those who fail to get listed should also be denied basic services in public institutions.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has launched mass voter registration ahead of next year’s General Election.
In central Kenya, the IEBC is hoping to register 253,548 in Kirinyaga, Nyeri and Nyandarua counties. However, so far, only 15,487, or six per cent of the target, have been registered.
And Ms Murugi said local leaders are making every effort to ensure as many people as possible as listed.
“In Nyanza, people are very serious about this exercise to an extent that they don’t allow those who don’t have IDs and voters card to attend public ceremonies, including burials and weddings,” she said.
Other leaders have organised football tournaments in their areas to reach out to youth to register. They include Kieni MP Kanini Kega, who started a football tournament at Naromoru Stadium on Sunday that saw 66 youths register as new voters.
Mr Kega also said those who do not have voter cards should not be allowed to access services from public offices.