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KENYAN LUCY GICHUHI SWORN IN AS SENATOR IN AUSTRALIA

May 09, 2017 | Uhuruspirit

Lucy Gichuhi with husband and daughters during an interview





Kenyan-born lawyer Lucy Gichuhi has made history after becoming the first person of African descent to take up a seat in the Australian Senate.

Mrs Gichuhi joined 12 other Senators who represent the state of South Australia in the federal Parliament after being sworn in on Tuesday.

She replaced Bob Day, a senator whose election was nullified by an Australian court in April.

Mr Day lost the seat after it was established that he was ineligible to vie in the July 2016 elections.

Despite standing as Number Two on the Family First ticket at the last election, she will sit as an independent, having declined to be part of the party’s merger with former Liberal Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives party.

Ms Gichuhi issued a short statement on Tuesdy morning, saying she is “honoured and humbled” to be sworn in today as the first ever person of Black African descent in the Australian Parliament.

“I thank God, my husband and daughters, my father and all other friends, family and supporters for your encouragement, and sharing the vision we hold to unite Australia as one,” she said.

The 54-year-old lawyer and mother of three also posted two new videos on her Facebook page, talking about what she hopes to achieve for the Christian community in her new role.

In one video, she said she hoped to work with Christians from all churches to make Christianity “a cool alternative”.

“The body of Christ is very fundamental to this nation. Australia was started as a Christian nation,” she said.

“We have to reconnect with the vision that our founding fathers had many years ago, when they put that preamble in the constitution.

“We have to choose our battles, replant education, Christian education, all religion education, however you want to call it. We have to give new meaning to freedom of religion.”

In the other video, an interview with the Bible Society Australia’s Eternity News, Ms Gichuhi speaks of how her faith developed as one of eight daughters and two sons growing up in Kenya.

“Jesus knew me way before I was formed in my mother’s womb,” she said.

“We were raised as Christians and my father is a teacher, and they wanted to impact the values, and because I didn’t have a lot in terms of resources, going to church was compulsory.

“He said to us the only money we had was money to take us to school and money to buy a book.

“My mother said: ‘You must go to church, you must be prayerful women if you are ever to escape poverty’.”

She said her father had protected her and her seven sisters from the belief that a girl’s education was not important, and inspired them to believe that they could achieve anything a man could.

Ms Gichuhi said that when she agreed to run as Number Two on the Family First ticket, Mr Day told her that her chances of being elected were 0.000001 per cent.

“And I said, ‘no worries’, I’m just excited first of all supporting him, second the new possibility of even learning and understanding what is in politics and by this time I’ve learnt to listen to the will of God and it felt comfortable,” she said.

“It felt something I can do. When Jesus went he said ‘and I’m leaving my helper’, I believe in that helper, I believe the Holy Spirit is in us and that is the only reason we can face tomorrow.”

CITIZENSHIP

Mrs Gichuhi, who hails from Nyeri — also the home county of her husband William — moved to Australia with him in 1999 on a permanent resident’s visa.

They forfeited their Kenyan citizenship two years later.

Her win was confirmed by a court recently, shutting down questions about her citizenship.



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