How Ex-Influential Kibaki Minister Bounced Back In Style After Losing Her MP Seat

How Ex-Influential Kibaki Minister Bounced Back In Style After Losing Her MP Seat

Former Nyeri Town MP Esther Murugi who is now National Lands Commission Commissioner ( Photo Courtesy)

Esther Murugi announced her arrival into the murky world of politics in 2007 when she rode on a Party of National Unity wave in the Mount Kenya region to win the Nyeri Town MP seat.


By trouncing a giant, Wanyiri Kihoro, Murugi had made it clear that she was headed to political greatness.

Kihoro was a key ally of former President Mwai Kibaki before the duo fell out. This would seal the former’s fate in Nyeri politics.

But the fall of Kihoro was a blessing to Murugi, who started stamping her authority in Nyeri Town constituency politics.

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In the Grand Coalition Government between President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Murugi was appointed as minister of special programs.

Though politically inexperienced and only a first timer in Parliament, her appointment to the cabinet was significant. It confirmed that he had the ears of the President.

In 2013, she was easily re-elected for a second straight term in Parliament on the then President Uhuru Kenyatta’s The National Alliance ( TNA ).

After serving as a key member of the Kibaki adminstration, Murugi was once again a powerful force in the Uhuru’s Jubilee government.

But after two terms of political success, Murugi fell down during the 2017 general election. Her quest for a third straight term in Parliament was dealt a major political blow when she lost during Jubilee Party nominations to youthful Martin Nginjiri Wambugu. It marked the end of her political fairytale journey.

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After only one year in the cold, she bounced back in style in 2019 when she was appointed as National Lands Commission Commissioner. It is no surprising that she opted not to take a risk of resigning to one again try her luck in politics during the 2022 general election.

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