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Hon Esther Murugi Mathenge

Hon Esther Murugi Mathenge EGH is currently a Commissioner with the National Land Commission and Chairperson of Land Use Planning, Research and Counties Coordination Committee. Hon Esther Murugi has served as a council chair of Tangaza university in the corporate affairs committee from 2020-2022. Currently she serves as a trustee with The Nairobi Hospital.


Hon Esther Murugi has a master’s degree from the UNIVESITA CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE in Global Business and Sustainability in Social Entrepreneurship. She also holds a BA in Land Economics from the University of Nairobi. She is a registered member of the Institute of Surveyors of Kenya in the Valuation and Estate Agents’ Chapter and the Land Management Chapter.


Hon Esther Murugi worked with the Government of Kenya as a Land Administrator and several real estate companies before opening her own company Lustman & Co (90) Ltd in 1990. Lustman & Co (90) Ltd. deals with property management and valuation. She has been a Member of Parliament representing Nyeri Town Constituency from 2008 - 2017. She was responsible for representing the people in her constituency and including execute legislative and oversight duties over the Executive and Judiciary as a Member of the National Assembly. Hon Esther Murugi has had the opportunity to serve as a Minister (currently referred to as Cabinet Secretaries) for two ministries. She was the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Affairs.

This involved the formulation of policies for the care of children and most vulnerable in society i.e. elderly and persons with disability (2008 – 2010). She also served as the Minister of Special Programmes. This appointment entailed dealing with disasters both manmade and natural. Her responsibilities also required her to formulate disaster management and HIV policies (2010 – 2013). Hon Esther Murugi has a love for women and encourages them to step up and aim high. She has in the past worked very closely with an international organization, SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL Kenyan Chapter. This organization worked with women to improve their social economic and education standards. She served as the Chairperson of the Kenya Chapter in (1998 – 2001).