Kenyan Woman, Lucy Gichuhi Set To Become First African In The Australian Senate (Photo)

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Kenyan Lucy Gichuhi is set to become the first person of African descent to be elected as senator in Australia following a successful vote recount. It is reported that if her election is confirmed by the high court she will be the first candidate of African descent to be elected to the federal parliament.

Gichuhi came second after the winner Bob Day. She was considered eligible after Day was forced to step down.

She was the only other candidate besides Mr Day seeking to represent the state of South Australia in the Senate through the Family First Party. Based on the votes the party garnered, only Mr Day could go to the Senate and the result was tough luck for Mrs Gichuhi, whose dream of being a senator had to wait at least till the next general election.

She won the recount conducted on the orders of an Australian High Court in its April 5 verdict.

Now all she needs is an official declaration of the recount by the court before she becomes one of Australia’s 76 senators, the Daily Nation reports.

In an interview with the ABC News Mrs Gichuhi said, “I am honoured and grateful for this opportunity to serve Australia. I see it as an opportunity to give back to this great nation.”

Mrs Gichuhi, a lawyer, was born in in Hiriga village in Nyeri County which is in Central Kenya.

She, together with her husband and their three children, moved to Australia in 1999 and became a citizen two years later, ABC News reports.

OlasubomiD at 13-04-2017 08:48PM (2 years ago)
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Congrats in advance!!
crocatum at 13-04-2017 09:10PM (2 years ago)
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Kenya is trying now a days, and she looks simple and approachable. No clown or paint.
morgan1 at 13-04-2017 11:27PM (2 years ago)
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That's nice,,,,,
akinmanchy at 14-04-2017 07:18AM (2 years ago)
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schmit at 14-04-2017 07:17PM (2 years ago)
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Very gud