Martha Karua

After completing high school, which Martha jokes about having attended four different schools, she went on to pursue a law degree at Nairobi University and graduated with honors. At the young age of 24, Martha was appointed as a Magistrate and served in a number of courts including Nakuru and Kibera. As a Magistrate Martha was renowned for consistently demonstrating keen and just discernment in her cases. Following her magisterial position, Martha went into private practice where she took on, often without compensation, cases of many human rights activists and at the risk of being blacklisted and even jailed by the then dictatorial Moi government. Martha recounts how she, fearing for her life, sat down her two young children and explained to them how her work could lead to her disappearance. “It was a difficult thing to do, but I wanted them to be prepared in case one day, I did not come back home.” It is her dedication to rule of law that that has seen Martha advancing women’s rights through her leadership and advocacy in government and past involvement in international organizations such as the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Kenya) and national organizations such as the League of Kenyan Women Voters, of which she was one of the founders and it’s the first chair. Her legislative work has continued to further the causes of women and she has contributed significantly to the development of family law in Kenya.Martha Karua has declared her bid to run for president of Kenya in 2012 and the first step is to get the nomination from her party Narc Kenya. If elected, Martha envisions a government in which Kenya and its people come first. A government that responds efficiently and equitably to the needs of the people, provides them with an environment in which they can achieve their potential so as to restore hope and to build a secure future. She is ready to Step Up and be counted. “We could go so much further as a country but we first have to get our house in order and rid ourselves of the bad habits that hold us back and I am prepared to do that job” ~ Martha Karua