Environmentalist Anita Soina.

Environmental warrior Anita Soina was in tears after the Independence Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared her an official candidate for the August 9th General Election.

The 21-year-old shared the news on her Instagram page, saying she did not take the opportunity to represent the people of Kajiado North for granted. 

"This is not for me, it is for us. The journey to Bunge is unstoppable and we are going to articulate all the issues affecting all of us in the right way with so much passion and Boldness," said Anita.

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Anita, also known as 'The Green MP', announced her plans to vie for the seat in December 2021, saying she understands the challenges of her people. 

"It's here. People over profits. Every day it hurts me to see what the people go through. Born to a Maasai dad from Kajiado North, as I trace back to my roots to understand my culture and as a young leader who understands some of the challenges facing the people, I have decided to do this. To me, the first step towards solving a problem is getting to that position of a problem solver. Twende Bunge tupiganie haki za wapiga kura!” said Anita.

Even though her decision to get into politics received both negative and positive reactions, the author of The Green War says she is strong and prepared for the bullying that comes with being in the limelight.

Growing up in a family where politics and leadership were highly regarded, the founder of Soina Foundation and Spice Warriors says her grandfather prophesied her future in leadership.

"I discovered my passion at 17, founded an organisation at 18 and wrote my first book at 20. I became a Ted-X speaker at 21, and attended COP 26 conference at 21," said Anita.