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Bishop Margaret Wanjiru Biography; Age, Children, Husband, Ministry, Politics, and Controversy.

Bishop Margaret Wanjiru

Bishop Margaret Wanjiru Background

The founder of JIAM came from an impoverished background. One day, she came home and found the usual meal, githeri and avocado served as usual. She was tired of it and thought there must be more to life than this.

This prompted her to do odd jobs to take her through school. Her first child was born before she could complete high school but she pressed on. However, the child meant one more mouth to feed and her mother’s home was no longer an option.

Luckily, she got a job as a maid. Unfortunately, she became pregnant again while still in her bosses’ house. This made them kick her out as one child they could tolerate but two was a deal-breaker.

Bishop Margaret Wanjiru ended up in the streets hawking earrings. One day, a gentleman driving stopped and asked why such a young girl was hawking. Margaret said it was because she had no choice since she had one baby and another on the way.

The man gave her his card and told her to visit his office where she was offered a toilet cleaning job that she gladly agreed to do. In fact, at the time this was like hitting the jackpot.

While at the company, she rose through the ranks until she got to a big position. First, she started cleaning the office and washing cars while still going to college. Upon her graduation, she became a salesgirl and by the time she left the company, she was a sales and marketing executive. 

Bishop Margaret Wanjiru
Bishop Margaret Wanjiru

Education and Career Information

She graduated from St Paul’s University with a BA in leadership and administration.

Bishop Wanjiru has for a long time been actively involved with matters of national concern. As a leader, she has for years been a vocal participant in governmental policy and leadership issues across the board.

Politicians have for years called on the Kenyan churches when elections are near on a vote-seeking mission only to soon after renege on their every promise to the people of Kenya. Her call to national leadership (politics) is as a result of the people demanding better leadership and representation in government.

In 2007, she was elected as a Member of Parliament for Starehe Constituency in a hotly contested election in one of the most challenging constituencies in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya.

In 2008, she was appointed into the cabinet as an Assistant Minister for Housing.

She has a Doctorate in Divinity excelling in the matters of religion, education, and human sciences. She obtained a certificate on governance from Harvard University – USA.

Bishop Margaret Wanjiru
Courtesy PHOTO Bishop Margaret Wanjiru

Bishop Margaret Wanjiru Husband

Bishop claims she is a single mother of three James Kamangu, the alleged husband of Assistant Minister Margaret Wanjiru died in October 2018.

Family members said Mr. Kamangu passed away at the Kenyatta National Hospital on Wednesday morning, after a sudden illness.

After a long stay without a husband Bishop Margaret Wanjiru confirmed that she was ready to walk down the aisle again. She confirmed this during an interview with KTN’s Sofia Wanuna.

She canceled engagement with South African preacher Samuel Matjeke

Bishop Margaret Wanjiru
Bishop Margaret Wanjiru


The woman of cloth decided to take a plunge into politics in 2007. She vied for the Starehe Member of Parliament seat and won. In 2008, she was appointed to the cabinet as an assistant Minister for housing.

In 2013, she announced she would be vying for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat under the Cord ticket only for her nomination to be refused due to problems pertaining to her papers.

In an interview with Citizen TV, she says that there was foul play in order to prevent her from running for governorship. However, she was selected to vie for senator of Nairobi which she did but lost to Mike Sonko. 

Later, she defected to the Jubilee party and ran for party elections with Mike Sonko who were both vying for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat. Mike Sonko won the party primaries and went on to become the governor of Nairobi county.


In 2007, she was set to marry pastor Samuel Matjeke from South Africa. James Kamangu Ndimu filed proceedings against them with one of the declarations being that there exists a marriage by presumption of law between him and Margaret Wanjiru. The court thus barred the ceremony from taking place.

While working at the lands ministry, there were allegations that the top ministry officials were involved in fraudulent allocation of land. An allegation she refused to comment on during her interview with Citizen TV’s series at the time called Newsmakers.

On April 26th, 2017, media houses announced that she had been arrested after storming City Park Polling station and allegedly causing chaos. She claimed that the nominations were favoring one candidate.

Bishop Margaret Wanjiru Children

She has 3 children: Stephen Kariuki A politician who has served as a Kenyan member of parliament representing Mathare constituency), Evans Kariuki, and Purity Kariuki.

Her daughter Purity Kariuki and the groom Michael Litunda tied the knot at a colorful private garden ceremony in the US.

Bishop Margaret Wanjiru
Bishop Margaret Wanjiru

Bishop Margaret Wanjiru Coronavirus

She was diagnosed with COVID-19 disease on May 21, 2020 that put her in ICU at Nairobi Hospital.

Bishop Margaret Wanjiru Wealth

Her discipline and determination to succeed resulted in rapid promotions and various accomplishments until she became a sales and marketing executive for a multinational firm in the city. She later went on to form her own business in the city excelling both as an entrepreneur and single mother to her two sons and one daughter.

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