Martha Karua is on the brink of becoming the first female deputy president in Kenya should Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party presidential candidate win the August presidential election.
The NARC-Kenya leader has been in politics since 1992 when she vied for the Gichuhgu parliamentary seat, a seat she held until 2007.
However little is known about her parents, who are both alive, enjoying their sunset years back in their rural home in Gicugu, Kirinyaga County.
On Thursday, July 7 however, Kenyans were treated to an up-close and candidate view of the iron lady’s elderly parents.
From the photos shared by ODM leader Raila Odinga and Suna East MP who is also an ODM stalwart Junet Mohamed and seen by Kivumbi.co.ke, it is clear Martha Karua is her mother’s lookalike although she took her height from her father- Jackson Karua.
In a previous interview with the Standard newspaper, Martha Karua’s parents said their daughter started showing leadership signs at a very young age.
“She would always lead other children in small events like birthdays in her earlier years and was always hardworking in school,” Wanjiru said as quoted by the Standard.
Her mother was a trained teacher who is said to have left employment a long time ago to concentrate on parenting.
Martha Karua is part of a family of four boys and four girls who are rarely seen or heard in public despite their kin’s long political life.
They are both upbeat their daughter will be Kenya’s first deputy president in a country where the political scene is said to be extremely male-dominated.
The trained lawyer beat a list of big names including Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Sabina Chege, Hassan Joho, and Charity Ngilu among others to be selected as Raila’s running-mate.