By Prudence Minayo
Sabina Wanjiru Chege is a popular Kenyan politician currently serving her second term as the Murang’a county Woman Representative. She was popular among Kenyans even before getting into politics thanks to her acting prowess in the once favorite TV program ‘Tausi’ where she played Rehema.
Apart from this, she was once a video vixen in John De Mathew’s song ‘Njata Yakwa’ (You are my heart). The video ended up creating a lot of rumors that the two were dating. At one point, she tried being a Kikuyu elder but was condemned by other elders. The elders said even the first female chief in colonial Kenya, Wangu Wa Mukeri, was not declared an elder. Sabina Chege was warned about the risk of ancestral spirits that may retaliate and cause her suffering. (Source: The Standard).
Apart from this, she is the founder and director of Sabina Wanjiru Foundation. This is an initiative for mentorship and awards program for students under the foundation and National Government Affirmative Action Fund in Murang’a county.
Sabina Chege was born on 10th August 1978.
The politician attended Kinyona Primary School then proceeded to Mugoiri Girls High School.
She also attended the Kenya Institute of Management and The University of Nairobi where she got a Bachelor of Education Degree and an MA in Communication.
|2003||2005||University of Nairobi||Master of Arts (Communication)|
|1998||2002||University of Nairobi||Bachelor of Education (Arts)|
|Kenya Institute of Management||Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations Management|
Family And Relationships
She is a mother of three children and is married to Mr. Maina Gathito, the former Kenya Dairy Board acting general manager as a second wife. The couple have one child together and the other two are from a previous relationship.
Mr. Maina’s first wife-Wanjiku-was not happy with the arrangement, raising fears that Sabina would take over all the family property.
In the article appearing on the Nairobian, a source rubbished the claims saying the couple was happy and had been legally married.
“Sabina is legally married to him and it was an auspicious occasion. Of course, when you marry a second wife, you don’t expect the first wife to be happy. The first wife can’t also be invited to the traditional wedding of the second wife. Maina wasn’t happy in his marriage and he got a second wife. It is allowed in African culture and there is nothing wrong with that….”
The legislator was romantically involved with the late benga maestro John Ng’ang’a alias John De’ Mathew and the artist was keen on marrying the then UoN student as a second wife. When she walked out of the relationship, the musician was devastated according to reports on the Nairobian.
She was to later date Neno Evangelism pastor James Ng’ang’a but those close to the Woman Rep were not comfortable with the union.
A source told the same tabloid of her new man:
“We were not comfortable with that union. We loved Sabina because she had done so much for us. We were just worried and wanted the best for her. But there’s no doubt that she was smitten with Ng’ang’a…”
Chege worked at a Kikuyu radio station, Kameme FM, between 2002 and 2005. After resigning from the station, she joined Communication Firm Space Africa as the regional manager.
She started working for Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) in 2007 as the programs controller. A programs controller ensures what is aired on the station is in line with both the creative and commercial needs of the station.
|March 2013||To date||Kenya National Assembly||Member of Parliament, Murang’a County|
|2007||2012||Kenya Broadcasting Corporation||Programmes Controller – Commercial Radio Services|
|2006||2007||World Space Africa/Tamasha Corporation Ltd||Business Development Manager|
|2005||2006||Regional Reach Ltd/Kameme FM||Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications|
|2000||2004||Regional Reach Ltd/Kameme FM||Programs Producer/Broadcaster|
- Membership to Committees (11th Parliament):
|2013||To date||Departmental Committee on Education, Research & Technology||Chairperson|
|2013||To date||Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee||Member|
- Membership to Committees (12th Parliament):
|2017||To date||Departmental Committee on Health||Chairperson|
In 2013, she was elected to the county assembly as the Murang’a women representative with 96.6% of the vote under the National Alliance Party. During her first term in government, she was chairperson of the Departmental Committee on Education, Research & Technology and a member of the Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee.
In 2016, the Jubilee Coalition was replaced by the Jubilee Party. The Jubilee party was formed through an alliance of several parties including the National Alliance Party, making Chege a member of the Jubilee party. She was re-elected as the Murang’a women representative during the 2017 general elections. Since her re-election, she has served as the chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Health.
In 2019, she sponsored The Kenyan National Blood Transfusion Bill which commercializes blood transfusion and creates donations nationally. Sabina also sponsored the Breastfeeding Mothers Bill that would compel employers to provide facilities and breaks for employees who are breastfeeding.
The Woman Rep was on the spotlight when chaos erupted in Kenol in what was seen as an attempt to scuttle a church fundraising that was attended by DP William Ruto and his allies. Two people lost their lives and Sabina was accused of orchestrating the chaos on behalf of her masters, reports she vehemently denied. Speaking to Inooro TV, the woman rep said it was likely Ruto’s allies stage managed the chaos for political gains.
“I hear several people mentioned my name, you are bringing visitors to insult leaders in Muranga, there were only two leaders from Muranga at that event, they probably state-managed it…”
“I would not be surprised to hear that the tear gas they say was thrown into the church was done by themselves,” she added.