“Thank you Lord for walking with me for sixty-three years. Am grateful for all the milestones and pray for more Amen.”

Veteran politician Martha Karua alias the ‘Iron Lady’ received an overwhelming number of birthday messages as she turned a year older on September 22.  Known for her kitenge outfits and no-nonsense approach to issues, the 63-year-old expressed gratitude to God tweeting, “Thank you Lord for walking with me for sixty-three years. Am grateful for all the milestones and pray for more Amen.”

Netizens flocked her comments section with birthday wishes:

Grandchildren

Arguably one of the country’s greatest female political figures, Karua previously spoke to Sunday Magazine on the gift of having grandchildren saying “It is like a second chance at parenting. My weekends are now mostly occupied by my grandchildren. They make me run around even though my knees are not so good.”

If not spending time with her grandchildren, she plays golf, meets up with friends and keeps up with the news or watches a telenovela “As long as it is well-acted.”

Fierce lineage

"I don’t do aerobics because of my joint issues but I work out on the treadmill on a ‘mwendo wa maringo’ pace. I do stretches too and the occasional golf helps.”

In the same interview, Karua likened herself to her paternal grandmother, a woman she described as being so ‘fierce’ and ‘strong-minded’ that when her bride price negotiations were carried out and cattle brought in her absence, she single-handedly drove back the flock to her suitor’s village.

“She knew what she wanted and she went for it. She was a rebel with a cause. And I am so much like her.”

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Keeping fit

The former Justice Minister is also keen on keeping fit, a practice she picked up after the 2013 General Elections.

“I was pretty big. Visibly so. About two dress sizes up. It was in the height of campaigns and I would have my meals late in the night. That caused the weight gain. I lost it by watching my diet and exercising. I don’t do aerobics because of my joint issues but I work out on the treadmill on a ‘mwendo wa maringo’ pace. I do stretches too and the occasional golf helps.”