Njoki Wa Mathira: Charlene Ruto's Friend Who Bagged Govt Job After Graduation

The appointment was made through a Gazette notice...

Njoki Wa Mathira: Charlene Ruto's Friend Who Bagged Govt Job After Graduation
Njoki wa Mathira (left) who was appointed by Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen and Charlene Ruto. /TWITTER.NJOKI WA MATHIRA

Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen had on Friday, January 20 appointed Caroline Njoki, popularly known as Njoki Wa Mathira, as a member of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) board.

The appointment was made through a Gazette notice which indicated that young Njoki would serve in office for a period of three years, effective Monday, January 23, 2023.

"In exercise of the powers conferred by section 4 (f) of the Kenya Ports Authority Act, as read together with section 51 (1) of the Interpretation and General Provisions Act, the Cabinet Secretary for Roads and Transport appoints the aforementioned," read part of the notice. 

Unbeknownst to many, Njoki wa Mathira is actually among at least three individuals that hang out with President William Ruto's daughter, Charlene Ruto. On several occasions, and in several posts online, the two refer to each other as sisters.

Njoki wa Mathira in her graduation gown. /FILE

"My baby sis did it. She has the power to read and write. So proud of you Njoki Wa Mathira for being a good example to our youth," Charlene celebrated Njoki during her graduation in December 2022 from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

"Happiest birthday my big sister Charlene Ruto. You are brilliantly growing so strong with a touch of elegance. Your aura and charisma have you out here doing what you do best just being young," Njoki stated during Charlene's birthday in January 2023.

Njoki and Charlene have been close friends, with the former accompanying the latter for trips outside the country, including Ghana and Morocco where they visited local schools among other places.

During the campaign period, she was instrumental in selling the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) brand in Mt Kenya, particularly in the Mathira sub-county, where Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua thrived politically before she ascended to the second in command.

"I will greatly take up this role to impact purposeful change and deliver our promises to Kenyans. To all my friends and support system, thank you.

"I am truly grateful to the president, his deputy and the CS for bestowing their trust upon me to deliver in my capacity and in the respective area assigned to me," Njoki shared on Saturday, January 21.

She is among three people said to be in Charlene's small circle of friends who accompany her to important meetings to deliberate on various issues.

Others include Michael Sagana, who sought to fly the UDA flag in the Kasarani parliamentary race, only to lose to  John Njoroge who narrowly lost to Independent candidate, Ronald Karauri, and Victor Ayugi, a former Jubilee Youth League Official.

Undated photo of Njoki wa Mathira who was appointed to the KPA board. /TWITTER.NJOKI WA MATHIRA