Where Great Minds Are Shaped: St. Anne’s Lioki Excelling in Raising Women Leaders

Women Rising to Influence and Lead

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Kiambu has only two female Constituency MPs, and they were schoolmates in one secondary school in the County.

Alice Ng’ang’a (Thika MP) and Gathoni Wamuchomba (Githunguri MP) were in the same class and completed St. Anne Lioki in Ting’ang’a Ward, Kiambu Constituency in the year 1994.

Alice Nganga Thika
Alice Nganga, Thika MP

A line-up of more girls, who went through the secondary school are leaders in their own right in blue chip companies, the administration, national and county governments.

Hon. Gathoni has previously served as the Kiambu Woman Representative and Hon. Ng’ang’a is in her second term as Thika MP.

Ng’ang’a sharpened her leadership skills at the school where she was the ‘President’ of the School student leadership, the School Head Girl.

Years later, the two female leaders are elected under the UDA party whose colours are green and yellow. At the school, MP Wamuchomba was in the green house, and MP Ng’ang’a yellow house.

However, some websites record that Hon. Gathoni attended Precious Blood Riruta.

Pauline Agondoa, Director Kiambu County

The Kiambu Director for Public Participation and Civic Education Pauline Nyokabi Agondoa is also an old girl of the school.

Director Agondoa joined the political scene in 2013 when she contested for the office of Woman Representative in Kiambu County. She almost trounced Annah Nyokabi Gatheca, the favourite for the First Family and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s first cousin.

Director Agondoa went further to contest for the position of Kiambu County Assembly Speaker in 2017, a position seemingly not attractive to females since she is the only one who sought the position since the inception of the county government in 2013.

Maureen Muthua
Maureen Muthua, IBM Marketing Executive Based in New York

Marketing Executive IBM, who is based in New York, Maureen Muthua is also an alumnus of St. Anne’s Lioki Girls School.

Others in the political scene include Sarah Kahiu and Annabel Njoki.

Ms Kahiu was in the race for Kiambu Senator in 2013, and Ms. Njoki sought to lead the people of Kabete as their MP as an Independent candidate during this year’s elections.

Rose Chege, Deputy County Commissioner
Rose Chege, Deputy County Commissioner

The Deputy County Commissioner of Nyali, Mombasa, Rose Chege, also studied at the school.

The number of female leaders continues to grow in the country, and includes President of the Supreme Court Justice Martha Koome, Governors Cecily Mbarire, Wavinya Ndeti, Anne Waiguru, Gladys Wanga, Susan Kihika, Fatuma Achani, Kawira Mwangaza and  tens of MPs and MCAs.

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