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Susan Wakarura Kihika, is a Kenyan lawyer and politician, who is the current Senator for Nakuru County. She was elected to that position in 2017. Prior to that, she served as the first female speaker of Nakuru County Assembly. Susan Kihika is also the President of the IPU Bureau of Women Parliamentarians.
Kihika is considered a key ally of Deputy President William Ruto and has been vocal in supporting him, emphasizing that the DP has been sidelined by the Jubilee administration.
||1974 (age 46–47)
Nakuru, Nakuru County, Kenya
||University of North Texas
(Bachelor of Arts in Political Science)
Southern Methodist University
||Lawyer and politician
||Leadership, Tenacity, Grit
||Senator for Nakuru County
She served as the Senate Majority Whip, but was later ousted in May 2020, together with her Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Kipchumba Murkomen who lost the Senate Majority seat during the Jubilee party purge in a battle between President Uhuru’s wing and DP Ruto’s faction.
The woman leader flexed her political muscle when she led the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) campaigns for the London MCA by-election.
The party associated with the DP would clinch the seat through their candidate Nzuki Wachira.
Kihika holds a Degree in Political Science and Government from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, USA. Additionally, she pursued a Jurist Doctorate Law Degree from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, USA.
She is among the most respected female politicians in the country and is also the President of the IPU Bureau of Women Parliamentarians.
Aside from politics, Kihika also made headlines with a high profile traditional wedding ceremony to her longtime boyfriend and businessman Sam Mburu in November 2020.
The ceremony, which was held at the Kihika family ranch in Marmanet (Nyahururu), was graced by Deputy President William Ruto who also took part in the dowry negotiations.
Susan Wakarura Kihika Background and education
She was born in Nakuru County around 1974. Her father is a Moi-era politician, the late Kihika Kimani (1930–2004). Susan is one of the 41 children that her father sired. She was his sixth child with his second wife, Alice. Susan attended Busara Forest View Academy in Nyahururu and Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls’ High School in Nyeri. She then migrated to the United States around 1992, for further education.
She was admitted to the University of North Texas, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In 2006, she graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the Law School of Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas. Subsequently, she was admitted to the Texas Bar, after passing the requisite examinations.
Susan Wakarura Kihika Career before politics
Following her graduation from law school, she worked in the public service.Later she left public service and established The Kihika Law Firm in Dallas, Texas. In 2012, after 20 consecutive years in the United States, Susan left and returned to her native Kenya
Susan Wakarura Kihika Political career
In 2013, she contested the Bahati Constituency parliamentary seat but lost. She then went on to beat a field of seven opponents, to emerge as the first Assembly Speaker of Nakuru County
Susan Wakarura Kihika Family
Susan Kihika is the mother of two daughters, Tiffany and Ashley.
- WTCSusan Kihika got married on a traditional wedding on 7 November 2020 to Sam Mburu in Nyahururu