Susan Kihika is the Nakuru Senator having been elected in 2017. Prior to that, she served as the first female speaker of Nakuru County Assembly.
Kihika is considered a key ally of Deputy President William Ruto and has been vocal in supporting him, emphasizing that the DP has been sidelined by the Jubilee administration.
She served as the Senate Majority Whip, but was later ousted in May 2020, together with her Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Kipchumba Murkomen who lost the Senate Majority seat during the Jubilee party purge in a battle between President Uhuru’s wing and DP Ruto’s faction.
The woman leader flexed her political muscle when she led the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) campaigns for the London MCA by-election.
The party associated with the DP would clinch the seat through their candidate Nzuki Wachira.
Kihika holds a Degree in Political Science and Government from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, USA. Additionally, she pursued a Jurist Doctorate Law Degree from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, USA.
She is among the most respected female politicians in the country and is also the President of the IPU Bureau of Women Parliamentarians.
Aside from politics, Kihika also made headlines with a high profile traditional wedding ceremony to her longtime boyfriend and businessman Sam Mburu in November 2020.
The ceremony, which was held at the Kihika family ranch in Marmanet (Nyahururu), was graced by Deputy President William Ruto who also took part in the dowry negotiations.