Q&A Monday : Martha Karua


Martha Karua is a mother of two young adults, a member of parliament for Gichugu and is currently running for president of Kenya under a Narc Kenya seat.

Martha Karua

A force to reckon with, Martha has been on the fore front of the fight for the rights of Kenyans and will not rest until she ensures the needs of Kenyans are put first and we have systems that are functional and responsive to the needs of the Kenyans.

She also pounds up a mean dish of “mukimo”

Her website www.joinmarthakarua.com is being re-launched by the end of this week. You can also follow her on twitter

We had a few questions for her and this is what she had to say :-
1. What was your first phone?

My first phone was an Alcatel handed down to me from my sister after she upgraded to another one because she figured it had taken me too long to get myself one; goes without saying that she was the one I was in communication with the most in the beginning.
2. Who/What inspired you to do what you do now?

My grandmother was a key influence. She was an uneducated woman who despite that fact claimed her space. She spoke out about right to choice for everyone and self dignity; there was an instance where she went to stand up for another woman who was being abused in her own home in the village she lived in; she is my hero. My mother and father were also a big influence since they supported all my endeavors; I strive to do the same with my children.
3. If you were to change jobs, what profession would you get into?

I would be a teacher. I enjoy speaking to people and having them see a different side to things, I still do this every time I speak to people. Knowing that I have been a positive influence in someone’s life is the greatest feeling and teaching does that. Knowledge is, after all, power.
4.If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be and what would you
say to them?

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia; to have an empowering discourse with her and ask her to give me her views on her journey to presidency.


5. What is the longest you have gone without a shower?

2 days – Before the announcement of the election results, James Orengo (ODM), myself (PNU) and a few other people had to go through and scrutinize each and every file that came from all the constituencies to verify the tallies and we could not leave until this was done. We stayed put, keeping watch; for two days, I waited for the presidential tally to be completed.
6. If I came to your home and looked inside the refrigerator, what would I

Fruits, vegetables and yoghurt, which I really like.
7. Why isn’t the number 11 pronounced onety one?

It’s a mysterious twang in mathematics.
8. What is your favourite book & movie?

Several actually: Anna Karenina, Things Fall Apart, The River Between and The Da Vinci Code

And my favourite movie is The Sound Of Music and even though XYZ is not a movie, I like it; they always have me in stitches.
9. If you were deserted on an abandoned island what 5 things would you want
to have?

1. A modem with unlimited internet so that I could tweet and be connected to the rest of the world

2. The Kenyan constitution because it is still being implemented

3. The Holy Bible because I need constant spiritual guidance and because it was the first constitution between man and God

4. My iPod so I could listen to all my favorite music

5. And definitely my Zumba workout video because I really love to work out with this in the morning
10. If you were a car, what car would you like to be? Why?

A Land Rover Defender it is an all terrain car, it can navigate anything. This car is versatile and it’s a work horse; it basically reflects who I am: I like a challenge and I take all situations as such. “Hard work will never kill me it’s the lack of it that will”
11. From a very general perspective,how do you handle change?

I believe that you have to internalize, appreciate, adopt and identify with all facets of change. I try to live by this.
12. If you had a superpower, what would it be?

I would have Storm’s power (X – Men – I watched this with my son); I would be able to change weather patterns, where there is drought, I would have it rain, and where floods are, I would have it rain less. I would be preventing the many problems, landslides, lack of food…, that come with the sporadic changes in weather.
13. Briefly tell us some of the things you’d do/change if you were elected

· I would put in place functioning and responsive systems; systems that put the needs of Kenyans first.

· Change how the government deals with contracts like for furniture; there are so many talented artisans that would benefit from this and we would be creating employment.

· Make sure cartels are dealt with, make sure the law applies equally to all so that the common mwananchi does not feel like there are two sets of laws; one for him and the other for the rich.


  1. @Richard, she did pay, i even wrote about it on my blog, she just dint make a spectacle of it, she is cool like that
    @Wangari, am so with you on that one, Go Martha!

  2. I’d also like to know about the taxes situation..

    I have to admit that among the people who’ve shown interest in the top seat you are the only one that appeals to me & unless something drastic happens i’m definitely in your corner come next year.

  3. Would love to have you as our first woman president if all goes well. Transparency and a focus on what matters most, I like that you seem to have these qualities 🙂 And I love that you’re an X-Men fan, #win 😀 Interesting read.

  4. You are an inspiration & from your answers here, so down to earth. I shall vote for you , that i know.

  5. This woman is too smart. She is a techie in a her own right, she is fun loving….and don’t you forgot means every word that she says….I am definitely voting for you Martha

  6. Can kenyans wake up n see what we deserve! Lets not make the usual mistake n start cryn afterwards.martha karua 2012

  7. This woman is AMAZING! So real! Makes me want to hang out with her. It will be cool to have a funny and smart president. Kenya is soooo ready for a leader like her! Thanks for this Wamathai…helps show a different side of Martha…

  8. WOW! Who knew this side of Martha existed! Loved the article! Love the woman Martha – what a force to be reckoned with.

  9. I am loving this!Especially the super power of storm part and the land rover defender!And i love the fact that you can take a joke esp from XYZ as they satirize your actions!That’s the spirit of a true leader’one who is a normal human just like the rest of us before all else!’

  10. Unfortunately Matha, the country is looking for a managing director, not a director of sales….After 2007, i can, and will never eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeever vote for you. Images of you keep playing on my head, talking about china as an alternate pursuit, the most dangerous creature on earth is a vengeful woman with power in her hands. And that is the truth

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