Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s sister-in-law Margaret Karungaru has been appointed as a member of the National Gender and Equality Commission.
National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula on Wednesday, March 15, revealed to the floor of the house that the Head of State pleaded with the House to approve her nomination.
“I wish to convey a message from the President for the nomination of a person for the appointment of a member of the National Gender and Equality Commission,
“In the message, the President conveys that he has nominated Margaret Karungaru appointed as a member of the National Gender and Equality Commission. The President now seeks the approval of the nominee by this house,” Wetangula announced.
The former Nyeri first lady and the wife of the late governor Nderitu Gachagua, brother to the former Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua unsuccessfully contested for the Nyeri Woman Representative seat in the 2022 elections.
Prior to the hotly contested 2022 General Election, Karungaru opted out of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party and ran as an independent candidate.
While ditching the now-ruling political outfit, DP Gachagua’s sister-in-law stated that she believed that the party’s nomination process would not be free and fair.
Karungaru however upheld that she would support Kenya Kwanza presidential candidate William Ruto’s first State House bid.
“Ruto is so far up, he can wish for things to be free and fair but we know sometimes what happens on the ground is different. I’m I willing to take that risk? My answer is no,” she said.
Her nomination was announced just hours after the National Council for Churches of Kenya (NCCK) accused President William Ruto’s government of favoring only two communities in appointments yet all Kenyans pay taxes.
“These demonstrations we are witnessing from Azimio actually is a way of protesting against what is happening, against the exclusivity that we are witnessing in this country,
“That two communities so as to speak, tend to control everything, all the appointments we have in this country, whereas, when it comes to taxation, all of us pay, even those who did not vote for this government pays taxes,” Bishop Kodia said.