Former Nyeri Town MP Esther Murugi has dropped her ambitions to recapture the seat which she lost in 2017 polls to Ngunjiri Wambugu after she was sworn in as a commissioner of National Lands Commission by acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu for a five-year term of office.
In 2018, Murugi and Tiyah Galgalo were among others those who unsuccessfully applied to be appointed as chairperson of the commission. The duo and 10 others were shortlisted but failed to secure the appointment. However, the two were appointed alongside other applicants despite not applying as commissioners. The action was challenged in the High Court by rights activist Okiya Omtatah but after a protracted legal battle, the Court of Appeal overturned the High Court ruling.
Having shown indication to vie for Nyeri Town parliamentary seat in 2022, political pundits had said she would no doubt be a big threat to other contestants who include former Nyeri town mayor Wanyaga Gathaka, immediate former governor Samuel Wamathai, Maina Mathenge, Maina Mutembei, Gacheru Wabandi and John Ndegea.