Preacher turned politician Margaret Wanjiru is synonymous with controversy, from the public spat with ex-husband, to corruption through illegal house allocation and spreading hate speech
Housing Assistant minister and Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru may be a stumbling block in the provision of low-cost housing to Kenyans. In June 2012, Nairobi Central Business District Association (NCBDA) chairman Timothy Muriuki said the National Housing Corporation (NHC) had ‘failed in its mandate to provide affordable housing’ because officials of the corporation were using their offices for personal gain.
According to The Standard, MP Margaret Wanjiru was among the Ministry of Housing officials to be investigated in connection with irregular self-allocation of housing units. Minister Soita Shitanda was also in the probe list.
The Minister reportedly allocated government houses to PS Francis Kimemia and the Starehe MP. The latter is said to have received seven houses illegally from the NHC. The report also adversely mentioned the gospel ministry associated with Wanjiru.
In the past, the legislator has been mentioned in connection with attempted bigamy. Wanjiru’s wedding to South African preacher, Rev Majeka, which was scheduled to take place in February 2007, was stopped following a move to court by a Mr. James Kamangu.
Kamangu had claimed to have married the bishop in 1979 under Kikuyu customary law.
Wanjiru came out fighting and publicly denounced having had marital relations with the man whom many believed to be the real father of her two sons, Stephen Ndimu and Evans Kariuki. Shortly after Kamangu’s proclamations, the two, together with their mother, publicly disowned Kamangu.
Speaking at her church, the Nairobi-based Jesus is Alive Ministries (JIAM) bishop dismissed Kamangu as “that jigger-infested man.” She added: “He can hang himself; we can provide the rope and we shall then bury him!”
Elsewhere, Wanjiru is reported to have been grilled by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) over allegations of hate speech in October 2012. According to The Standard, Wanjiru was charged with making the offensive remarks against her rivals in Nairobi County’s gubernatorial race. She is alleged to have said there were people from Nyanza eyeing the same position as her in Nairobi.