I may be old, but I’m strong, says GG on reelection bid
First elected as MP for Laikipia West in 1963. In 1979, he was appointed Internal Security minister by President Moi. He returned as MP in 2002
Kenya’s oldest senator will seek reelection next year. Laikipia Senator GG Kariuki, 78, yesterday said he is still energetic.
“Many of you are as asking whether I am still vying for the seat. I am the senator of this county and I am not going anywhere. I have to make sure the region I have served my entire life continues to develop,” he said. Kariuki spoke at his Rumuruti home after meeting local politicians.
He was first elected as MP for Laikipia West in 1966. Kariuki served for four terms and in 1979, he rose to become a powerful minister in President Daniel Moi’s government in charge of Internal Security. He returned as MP in 2002 for a term before winning the Laikipia Senate seat in 2013. Last year, Kariuki was awarded a PhD in international relations from the University of Nairobi.
Four other candidates have also declared interest in the Laikipia seat. They are former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga, Laikipia branch Kuppet executive secretary Ndungu Wangenye, James Githiri and Simon Mithamo.
Kariuki recently had health problems. “It is just a matter of time and I will be fully healed. This will not or has not in any way affected my work. I am ready to continue serving my people with diligence,” he said. Elders led by Munyiri Mutitu said they will support Kariuki.