Felicity Nkirote Biriri is a Kenyan businesswoman, a seasoned policy maker and scholar contesting for the seat of Meru Woman Representative in the 2022 general election.
Having served as a consultant in the Real Estate, Audit and Development sectors, Felicity contested for the Meru Woman Representative seat in 2022.
She sought to bring on board her vast knowledge and experience to install several key reforms targeting poverty alleviation, sustainable development and sustainable development in Meru County.
Felicity has served in several companies and boards in the Kenya, among them the Geothermal Development Company, the Kenya Pipeline Company, the National Environment Complaints Committee and the Meru County Investment and Development Corporation.
She lost the Woman Representative seat to UDA’s Elizabeth Karambu Kailemia, alias Mama Safi.
Education & Career
Felicity Nkirote Biriri joined Nyeri Primary School in Nyeri County and successfully sat for her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE).
She was admitted to Limuru Girls High School in Nakuru County to continue with her education. She later joined Kaaga Girls and sat for her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams.
Felicity holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resource Management and an MBA in Conflict Resolution and Peace Management from Kenyatta University. Felicity is currently pursuing her PhD in Governance.
Over the years, she has distinguished herself as a multifaceted career woman, with more than 20 years experience in various sectors including real estate, banking and advertising.
Her vast knowledge led to her appointment as the Chairperson of the Meru Investment Development Corporation in December 2017, a position she held until her resignation in February 2022.
Felicity is a seasoned governance expert who has served in several boards including Kenya Pipeline Company, Meru University of Science and Technology, National Environment Complaints Committee and is a Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) Foundation Trustee.
As the Sector Board Chair, Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and the Vice Chair Federation of Women Entrepreneurs (FEWA) in 2013, Felicity Nkirote Biriri successfully lobbied for the establishment of the Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) Program. AGPO facilitates access to 30% of public procurement contracts by disadvantaged groups (Youth, Women and PWDs.
The AGPO program registered 101,834 businesses owned by women, youth, and persons with disabilities by February 2019 with the total number of tenders awarded to youth, women, and PWD from 2013 to early 2019 being 106,096, amounting to about Ksh 117 billion.
Felicity Nkirote Biriri attributes her passion for community development to her late dad’s counsel in her early days. He served as the Chairman of the Meru County Council for several years.
“In my early days, I was not very interested in politics. My dad would however always talk to me about the value for education and it’s ripple effect in community development.”
On how she would manage her campaigns being a new entrant into the race, Felicity says she has leant the ropes over time, having been at the forefront in several successful campaigns.
“My environment has been politics right from home. I would always campaign for my dad, who was the Chairman of the Meru County Council – at that time extending all the way to Tharaka Nithi. I have also campaigned for several leaders in Meru such as Dr. Kilemi Mwiria, Kiraitu Murungi and several MCAs.” she says.
Felicity Nkirote Biriri Family
Felicity Biriri is a resident of Ngundune in Akithi Ward, Tigania West Constituency of Meru County, where she lives with her family. She is married to Gregory Mwenda, and blessed with three children, all young adults – Gakii, Mwendwa and Mugai.
She hails from Mituntu sublocation in Tigania West, and takes pride in her late parents for her discipline and success.
“My mother was a teacher and a wonderful disciplinarian. She made sure we grew up to be all-round adults, with hands on skills on all possible domestic chores. My dad was my mentor and hero. He was very tough, but equally soft.
Felicity Nkirote Biriri Contacts
Felicity’s Email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Her Official Facebook Page is @Hon. Felicity Nkirote Biriri. There is currently no official Twitter or Instagram Page associated with her office.
Agenda for Meru
Felicity Nkirote Biriri is yet to reveal her next political move for 2027. She says that her decision to delve into politics was mainly motivated by her desire to achieve unity among all the Meru leaders, noting that the wrangles characterizing Meru politics have denied residents a lot in terms of development.
“At no time have our leaders sat down on one table to chat a common path for our people. We are losing out as Meru as a result of this disunity. Having interacted with almost all Meru leaders, I offer myself as an instrument of peace.” says Felicity Biriri.
One of her major areas of concern is the water problem in Meru, and Felicity believes that although the County administration has sunk several boreholes, a united Meru leadership front can get more from the National government.
“To permanently address the water problem in Meru, we need dams the size of the ones in Thiba, Arror and Kimwarer, all national government projects. The county government can then get water from the dams and distribute to people for irrigation and home use.”
Felicity’s diverse experience in both the public and private sectors, as well as her understanding of development issues portrays her unique ability to bring about change for women, youths and all residents in Meru County. She seeks to use her expertise to strengthen existing institutions and building new ones, so that the Meru people are able to lead prosperous lives.
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