Australia’s first black African member of federal parliament, Lucy Gichuhi, a Kenyan, was recently in the country for the holidays.
She arrived in the country a few days ago and paid a courtesy call to the legislators from her home county including Governor Mutahi Kahiga.
Gichuhi, who made news after becoming a Senator in 2017 — and also making another record after spending just 1000 dollars to campaign, a record low — visited her farther in Hiriga Village, Nyeri and shared a bunch of “humble photos” that left Kenyans awed.
In fact, according to Daily Nation who interviewed the 55-year-old, they found her in her farther’s “semi-permanent kitchen made of timber and iron sheets.”
The photos have gone viral as Kenyans couldn’t believe the senator could still use the tradition three-stone open fire.
It’s not what prominent politicians do. At least not in Kenya. Politicians should have fancy kitchens and surrounded by maids in a multi-million house hidden in the suburbs.
She however, quipped that it’s unfair to compare the Australian and Kenyan democracies.
“It is like comparing a toddler and an adult. The Australia system is 200 years old and a mature democracy. Kenya’s new constitution is seven years old and Kenya is in its teething stage. Kenyans should be patient; the constitution is getting tested and tried. Constitutional crises always do happen,” she said in the interview.
“We must go step by step. We have made tremendous improvements. The constitution will grow and morph to something good.”