Hon. Wanjiku Muhia is the current Women’s Representative for Nyandarua County, having joined the national assembly in 2013. Hon. Muhia is currently pursuing a Degree in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship at the Kenya Methodist University.
Her financial acumen began when she served as the Kariobangi Branch Equity Bank manager, registering 100,000 new clients within six months and realizing a profit of Kshs 1 billion. At the county level in Nyandarua, she has helped women with empowerment initiatives through the Joyful Women Organization (JoyWo), Nyandarua County of which she is also the patron of JoyWo, a table banking economic empowerment venture targeting rural poor women was started by the deputy President’s wife Rachel Ruto and has so far benefitted over 200,000 women nationally with more than 3,000 women are members in Nyandarua having benefitted from the table banking concept and improving their livelihoods. Hon. Muhia believes in social empowerment where all the twenty-five wards in Nyandarua are involved. She has put up a marketing department and that women do not need to worry about finding a market for their products because they are trained on sourcing for markets. Some of the livelihood projects that the women are undertaking include fishing, beading and poultry. Hon. Muhia has been able to work with her staff to train constituents on choosing viable business ideas.
She has also ensured health initiatives are running within the county, leading an initiative where her county is partnering with various institutions to establish the Nyandarua County Cancer Center through the Wanjiku Muhia Foundation. The Center in Nyandarua is expected to reduce the burden on Kenyatta National Hospital. Additionally, 751 students in public day secondary schools have benefitted from her kitty. She successfully sponsored and ensured the success of the Persons with Disability (Amendments) Act 2003 which has seen all television stations use both speech and sign language when broadcasting news, so that persons with disability can receive news the same way as other Kenyans do. Hon. Muhia is a member of the Administration and National Security Committee and the Regional Integration Committees in parliament.
Health is a key pillar in the Nyandarua county strategic plan and Hon. Muhia intends to continue lobbying for improved health service provision to Nyandarua residents.
Women and Youth Empowerment
There are a large number of women and youth who are unemployed and lack income. She has a track record of empowering women and youth economically and intends to increase the number of youth and women who are able to support themselves and their dependents.