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Powerful woman who rejected uhuru Kenyatta top job now struggling

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She was one of the leading female political voices around the Azimio la Umoja coalition leader Raila Odinga in the run up to the August 2022 general election.

But her miscalculated political moves have left her badly damaged, with his career in the murky world of politics now hanging in the balance.

Having been picked by Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga as his deputy in 2018, Dr Caroline Karugu was officially thrust into the murky world of politics.

A political greenhorn at the time of her appointment, Dr Karugu quicky learned political tricks that propelled her to greatness. Even after a bitter fallout with her boss, she was not bothered as she had the backing of the country’s political big boys.

In April, she was nominated by the then President Uhuru Kenyatta as Kenya’s Ambassador to Denmark but she declined the offer as she remained central to Raila’s presidential campaigns.

In June, she was appointed by Raila as his deputy chief agent ahead of the August 9, 2022 poll. There, she was assured of a top job had the former Prime Minister won the State House journey.

But with Raila suffering a shock defeat at the hands of Dr William Ruto, Dr Karugu has become one of the biggest political casualties. Will she bounce back in future? Should she have accepted the ambassadorial job?

Now in the cold, possibly for the next five years, this could be the end of Dr Karugu’s short political adventure.

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