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

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - BOB MURIUKI @BobWam­bui

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.

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