Kenyan Woman elected councillor of Townstal Ward in Dartmouth, UK

Cllr Mary P W Kiruhi

Cllr Mary P W Kiruhi

A Kenyan has been elected to public office in the United Kingdom.

Ms Mary Kiruhi was elected as an Independent councillor representing Townstal Ward in Dartmouth, which is in Devon in the south-west of England.

A mother of two, Ms Kiruhi went to the UK 13 years ago to work as a district nurse.

In an interview with, she said being a councillor in England is similar to one in Kenya.

Before her election, her focus was on youth related issues such as drug abuse.


“I hope to do my best to serve the community,” she said after her election.

Although divorced she retains close ties with her husband and children who live in Nairobi.

Ms Kiruhi joins two other English-based councillors Elizabeth Kang’ethe and Daniel Munyambu who were previously elected.

Ms Kang’ethe, a Labour councillor who hails from Githunguri and is a former head-teacher, has been the Parsloe Ward councillor for Barking and Dagenham in London since 2010.

Mr Munyambu, from Gatundu North, represents Basildon in Essex but has been in trouble with the Labour Party who are reported to have suspended him over alleged fraud charges in Kenya in 2012.

Mary Kiruhi  with his brother Dr. Peter Ndegwa

Mary Kiruhi with his brother Dr. Peter Ndegwa




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