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(From The Nation (Kenya) - AAGM)
Although Prof Wangari Muta Maathai is known worldwide for her crusade against environmental degradation under the Green Belt Movement which she co-ordinates, locally she is known more for rubbing Kanu the wrong way than anything else.
One of the most fearless fighters for democracy and human rights, Prof Maathai was among the first Kenyans to lead a lobby to have the opposition unite in 1992 but without success.
The opposition went ahead to lose to Kanu in that year's General Election. Tired at the short-sightedness of the opposition, she showed her protest in 1997 by going ahead to contest the presidency in that …