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 (Post graduate Diploma)
Secondary School Student of Keburia Girls’ School, Ngiriambu Girls’ School (O-Level)
Secondary School Studentof Nairobi Girls’ School(A levels)
Primary School Student of St. Michael’s Girls’ Boarding Primary School
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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 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
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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 it’s 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 Family
Martha Wangari Karua is the second born child,in a family of eight, of Mr and Mrs Jackson 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
Tel: 0721 623 342/020 2221291 Ext 32548/0733 747551