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I'll not join politics, says Gender minister Sicily Kariuki

Monday January 30 2017

Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary

Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki distributes relief food in Ndaragwa, Nyandarua County on January 29, 2017. She has denied rumours that she will be vying for the Ol Kalou Constituency parliamentary seat in the August elections. PHOTO | STEVE NJUGUNA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Youth and Gender Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki has denied that she intends to run for political office in the forthcoming general elections.

Ms Kariuki has dismissed reports that she is eyeing the Ol Kalou parliamentary seat, currently held by Njuguna Kiaraho, stating that she is content with her current job.

“I have no interest in venturing into politics any time soon, so please ignore the rumours that have been going round on social media.

“I want to make it clear that I am comfortable serving Kenyans in my current capacity as CS,” she said Sunday in Ol Kalou, Nyandarua County.


She spoke amid intensifying social media reports that she could be running for an elective seat given her frequent visits to her backyard.

Ms Kariuki hails from Tumaini Village in Ol-Kalou.

Ms Kariuki sought to clear the air on the speculation, stating that she is only doing her work as Cabinet secretary.

“My frequent visits in Ol Kalou constituency and other parts of Nyandarua County do not mean that I am seeking support to run for any political seat in the county.

"I am only doing my work as directed by the head of State. Furthermore, when I am in Ol Kalou, I am at home. Everyone knows that I come from Tumaini,” she stated.

Ms Kariuki added that she is keen to continue serving Kenyans, especially women and youths across the country, in her capacity.

So far, only one candidate, businessman George Kinyanjui, has declared his intention to join the race for the Ol Kalou parliamentary seat.