Julius Gikonyo Kiano -Moi ally who served in Cabinet for only one year

Listen In 1976, Julius Gikonyo Kiano was appointed to head the newly-created Ministry of Water Development, where he remained until he lost the Mbiri (now Kiharu) parliamentary seat to Kenneth Matiba in 1979. Kiano had held the seat since 1966 when it was hived off from Kangema, where he had been Member of Parliament since […]

Joseph Kirugi Laiboni M’Mukindia – A bold and articulate minister

Listen As a newcomer to politics, Kirugi Joseph Laiboni M’Mukindia took many by surprise following his dramatic victory in the 1988 General Election. Even in his home district of Meru, he was not known. He defeated two veteran politicians — Julius Muthamia and Jenaro Gituma — in the parliamentary race for Meru South-West Constituency (later […]

Joshua Mulanda Angatia – The High School Head who called out corruption in the Cabinet

Listen Joshua Mulanda Angatia is famous for having confessed his helplessness as Kenya’s Minister for Health by describing the ministry’s Afya House headquarters as “Mafia House.” Shortly after the 1992 multiparty elections when he was appointed to the ministry, a frustrated Angatia told journalists that the ‘mafia cartel’ had put road blocks everywhere. He declared […]

Joseph Kimeu Ngutu – Beneficiary of Ngei’s fall from power

Listen Joseph Kimeu Ngutu was a police officer-turned-politician who had difficulties fitting in the shoes of mercurial politician and freedom fighter, Paul Joseph Ngei. Ngutu was the beneficiary of Ngei’s fall from power when he was finally forced to resign from his Cabinet post and relinquish his Kangundo parliamentary seat in 1991 after being declared […]

Johnstone Muendo Makau – Navigating the choppy waters of transition

Listen Johnstone Muendo Makau was a flamboyant, youthful Minister for Information and Broadcasting who spent most of his time fending off local and international criticism of President Daniel arap Moi’s government for muzzling media freedom. An outgoing politician who nursed presidential ambitions, Makau was at the centre of scathing criticism from the Kenyan opposition for […]