The Rise and Fall of Susan Kihika, The Nakuru ‘Iron Lady’

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Nakuru City County Senator Susan Kihika. Image Courtesy

Susan Warura Kihika, the Nakuru City County Senator can be described as Ambitious and a political firebrand, she is combative, she does not shy away from facing her detractors’ heads on. She is a risk-taker. She is among the Deputy President’s staunch supporters.

Our sources at the Hustler Centre who did not want to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter said that the party has questioned Kihika’s loyalty to the party

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To her admirers, the former Nakuru County Speaker is the ’Iron lady’ in the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party

But who is Susan Warura Kihika

Susan Warura Kihika was born in 1974 in Nakuru City County to the late Nakuru East Member of Parliament Kihika Kimani. According to court documents, Susan is described as ‘dad’s favorite girl’

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Susan grew up in a large polygamous family of 41 children, She attended Busara Forest View Academy in Nyahururu and the prestigious Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls’ High School in Nyeri.

Kihika holds a Degree in Political Science and Government from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, USA.

She went on to pursue a Jurist Doctorate Law Degree from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, USA. She practiced law and rose to the rank of District Attorney in Dallas.

In 2012, Susan came back to Kenya to contest and lost the Bahati parliamentary seat, which probably explains why Susan and Bahati Member of Parliament Kimani Ngunjiri do not see each other eye to eye.

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As fate would have it, she was elected as the Nakuru County Speaker and from then her political career was taking shape.

In 2017 she was elected as the Nakuru City County Senator on the Jubilee Party ticket, again she was appointed as the Jubilee Party Majority Chief Whip. A position she held until she was replaced by Senator Irungu Kang’ata

She had found herself in the Jubilee in fights between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto

Kihika chose Deputy President William Ruto’s side, they went ahead to form the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party, She became Ruto’s staunch supporter and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government’s fiercest critic.

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Her political relationship with the Deputy President blossomed, and everything was rosy, in 2020 during her grand wedding to Sam Mburu,  Deputy President William Ruto was the Chief Guest he participated in dowry negotiation.

What Happened

Kihika V/s Ngunjiri

The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party was becoming a household name and the fight to control the party in Nakuru county escalated as Kihika  and Bahati Member of parliament Kimani Ngunjiri was reading from different scripts

Their differences played out again during the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill, Where Ngunjiri was supporting the bill as it meant more resources to the county while Kihika was against the bill

“I feel the process was later hijacked and politicized by the enemies of unity and development in this country. The judges made their ruling because they felt the independence of the Judiciary was threatened by BBI proposals like the creation of the position of a Judiciary Ombudsman.” Bahati legislator said

Kihika said,”BBI is dead and dusted. My No vote for BBI is vindicated tonight. There is God in heaven, I salute the Judiciary of Kenya.”

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Kihika V/s Naivasha Mp

When UDA was preparing for party primaries, Naivasha Member of Parliament Jayne Kihara accused Senator Susan Kihika of planning to rig her nominations. Kihara accused Kihika of planting seeds of discord in the party

Kihara accused Kihika of supporting her opponent, John Kihagi who represented the constituency in 2017

In an interview with Nation, Kihika denied the allegations saying that the party is united

 “The UDA party in Nakuru is united and there are no divisions. I urge fellow leaders to exercise decorum and avoid creating unnecessary wrangles in the party. We have a bigger task of uniting the country and we can’t afford to do that with divisions,” Kihika told the Nation.

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Kihika V/s The Mole tag

On Friday, Kihika distanced brushed off allegations that she is a Jubilee Party mole in UDA Party

“Waaaa I have been falsely accused of many things in my political career but Never of being a Jubilee Mole in UDA, Ngai 😂😂haithuru, it’s the high octane political season where anything goes. Lakini ni sawa tu, Nimewasamehe! Ngai Mbere! 🙏🏼” She wrote on Her Facebook page

She was responding to rumors that she had been kicked out of a UDA party meeting at Deputy President Ruto’s Karen residence for being a spy for the Jubilee party.

The Fall

She posted a UDA campaign poster together with Deputy President William Ruto insisting that she is in UDA to stay

“JubileeFor the avoidance of doubt, hapa ndio tuko! Nahatusongi! Ignore fake propaganda by desperate bloggers! Ruto the 5th 😊

Despite her assurance, she has been posting coded messages indicating all is not well at the UDA party.

“Some battles don’t require your fight, just your faith you will make it through to the other side. Some dreams don’t need you to do anything, just your belief they are possible. Your only job today is to keep preparing to receive. Sending love, encouragement, and support to everyone silently healing, relentlessly working on their happiness, and consistently showing up for themselves. Many blessings to you 🙏🏼” she wrote on Monday

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On Sunday Kihika took to her social media pages to send another coded message as she sent Christians Easter message

“Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. Easter is a time when God turned the inevitability of death into the invincibility of life. He is risen!”

To crown it, on Monday she wrote another coded message where she dragged Moses Kuria into her woes

“Kaba Mwena Wa Ngai, my friend Musa Moses Kuria you had seen very far,” She wrote

To which Moses replied with another coded message indicating that it is not the end of life

“Number of elective seats in Kenya, Constituency MPs 290, Governors 47, Senators 47, Women Reps 47, MCAs 1,450. President 1, Total Directly Elected 1,882, Kenya’s population 50 Million” Moses Kuria replied to Kihika

“Not winning a seat is not a matter of life and death. It’s not even a national crisis. Relax and get yourself something to do like the other 49,998,118 Kenyans. It’s not that serious,” He went on

To complicate matters, even more, Safina Party Presidential Candidate Jimmy Wanjigi said that he will not form a coalition with anyone.

He said that the coalitions are FAKE and full of political conmen and economic terrorists.

Indicating that Kihika might be heading to Safina Party, Wanjigi said that they have been invited to Nakuru.

“Our presidential team continues to grow strong. Later this week, we will be in Nakuru upon the invitation of Senator Susan Kihika.” Wanjigi said

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