The former Kitui Woman Representative, Winfred Nyiva Mwendwa bowed out of active politics in the run up to the recent 2017 general election.
Despite the case, she is among the country’s veteran female political leaders and boasts for being the first woman to be appointed as Minister in former president Daniel Arap Moi’s government.
Being close allies with former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Nyiva Mwendwa is expected to play a key role in the Ukambani 2022 succession politics.
Here is a number of facts many still don’t know about Nyiva Mwendwa :
1. Date and place of Birth
She was born on April 29, 1942, and raised at Matinyani village in Kitui West Sub County.
2. Education background
Nyiva is an alumni of Alliance Girls High school where she pursued her A-levels before heading to the University of Nairobi for a Diploma course. She furthered her studies at the University of Manchester, UK (Diploma in education) and finally graduated at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA with a Masters in Textile Science- interior design.
She was married to Kenya’s first Chief Justice the late Kitili Maluki Mwendwa and blessed with two children.
4. First female minister
Mwendwa became the country’s first woman to be appointed as Cabinet Minister under former president Daniel Arap Moi’s government.
She was appointed Culture and Social Services Minister in 1995.
Mwendwa joined politics in 1974 and became the Kitui West MP.
She represented Kitui West until 2002.
In 2013, she contested as the Kitui county’s women representative and clinched the seat on Wiper party ticket.
She, however, retired from active politics in the run-up to the 2017 general election.
The former MP is said to be pushing for Ukambani unity ahead of 2022 general election.
Privy Sources indicate that the former veteran lawmaker plans to host top Kamba politicians in order to broker unity deal ahead of 2022 so as to ensure the political relevance of the community.