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Mwaura Isaac Maigua is a Kenyan politician, a disability advocate and a former Nominated Senator[1] in the Kenya's Senate, representing Persons with Disabilities. He was the first Member of Parliament (MP) in Kenya with Albinism.[2] He belonged to Jubilee Party until he was ejected.[3] Previously he was a Member of Parliament (MP) in the National Assembly (between 2013 and 2017) after having been nominated by the Orange Democratic Movement Party to represents Special Interest Groups. Mwaura served as a Senior Adviser to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga from 2010 to 2012 on Public Policy on Special Interest Groups.[citation needed][4]

Mwaura hails and lives in Kiambu county. He has a bachelor's degree in Special Education, French Studies and Japanese from Kenyatta University. Additionally, he has two master's degrees; Masters in Arts in Development Studies from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa) and Masters in Arts in Social and Public Policy Studies from University of Leeds (United Kingdom)[5]

Mwaura has distinguished himself as a brilliant debater, both in Parliament and on the media and has been rated as one of the best performing Members of Parliament.[6] He is fluent in English, French, Swahili and Kikuyu and is an author of the book: A Discourse of Human Rights, Disability and Development in Kenya (2009).[7]

He is married to Nelius Mukami Mwaura[8] and has one son, Njiru Mwaura.

Mwaura was born in Githunguri, Kiambu County in 1982 and was solely raised by his mother, Grace Mwaura, after his father disowned him and divorced Grace after Mwaura was born with albinism.[9] The deserted family relocated to Mwaura's maternal grandmother where he and his elder brother grew up. "My father said very nasty things to my mother and declared that in his family they don't get such kids. He even accused her of being unfaithful, and that she had conceived me with some somebody of Causian or Asian origin." Mwaura said in 2014 in a media interview.

Although he grew in abundant love and protection from his mother and relatives, Mwaura faced prejudice and discrimination from the neighborhood. He was rebuked for his albinism and derogatory comments made about his appearance. Many ignorantly attributed his albinism as having caused by severe burns from hot water, and opined that a total blood transfusion could reverse his disability.[10]

Despite recommendations from the neighbours for Mwaura to be trained to do menial tasks since he 'couldn't amount to much, anyway', Mwaura's mother disregarded the suggestion and instead enrolled him to Thika School for the Blind, a special national school that admitted pupils with visual impairment and albinism, so as he could get formal education.[11]

Mwaura went through schooling and emerged the top pupil in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in his school in 1996. He won a slot in Starehe Boys' Centre, a prestigious and the top-performing school in Nairobi, but instead he opted for Thika High School of Blind which he joined in 1997. While at high school, Mwaura became the school's head boy, an opportunity that enhanced his leadership skills.[12]

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