Kenya’s Perennial Human Rights Activist Isaac Mwaura Joins The Senate Speaker Race

Former Nominated senator Isaac Mwaura on Tuesday 6, September, 2022, joined the race for senate speaker.

Taking to his official Twitter account, the former Lawmaker said that he had what it takes to run the office.

“Pale Senate picking forms for Speaker position.” He posted.

Mwaura said that he had served as Speaker’s Panel Member in the 12th Parliament assisting Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka.

During this time, he made history as the first speaker to conduct Senate Sessions in Kiswahili.

Mwaura’s journey to national leadership began at his early days in Kenyatta University following his election as the executive of the Kenyatta University Students Association (KUSA), the only first-year to sit in the body. Gladys Wanga, the current Homabay Governor, was elected the same year to become secretary-general.

He undertook the task of making the first KUSA constitution, and he succeeded.

Later, he was appointed by the government to serve in the first board of the state agency aged 22 years while still at the university, making him the youngest board member to be appointed by the government at the time.

Mwaura in 2004, pioneered National Council for Persons With Disabilities (PWDS) before co-founding the Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association (KYPA) and the Intersex Persons Society of Kenya (IPSK) to help them be recognized as a third Sex in Kenya.

In 2006, Mwaura joined ODM as a founder member, introduced by Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o.

He shined, and he was shortlisted for nomination to parliament in 2007. but was rejected by party sycophants.

Upon the nomination rejection, he landed a job in Papua New Guinea as a human rights advisor.

He wrote his first book, Human Rights, Disability and Development in Kenya in 2009: A discourse. In 2010, he emerged top and was awarded a scholarship by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and WCC to study MA in Development Studies at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa.

Mwaura in the same year, joined the office of the prime minister as a special interest groups adviser. In 2011, he emerged top countrywide in the Ford IFP program on social justice. He was to join John F Kennedy School of government at Harvard to study Public Policy, but he opted to take the same course at the University of Leeds in England.

In 2012, he vied to be elected as a member of the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA), whereby he emerged in the top ten in his party, ODM. Still, his name was dropped last minute when the rest were forwarded to parliament for voting.

In 2013, being the fighter he is, he was finally nominated to the national assembly under ODM to represent the People with Disabilities (PWDs) in parliament.

Mwaura was later nominated by the Jubilee party to the senate, serving in various positions before the party fell out leading to his ouster.

Mwaura among other nominated lawmakers who supported then deputy president William Ruto were summoned by the party on several occasions, however, he was reinstated after a court ruling in his favor.

He has been Ruto’s pointman in Ruiri and Kiambu  county at large despite missing the United Democratic Alliance party’s nomination to run for Ruiri constituency.


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