By: David Kinyanjui
In the recent past Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka has been frequenting up to the mountain region in what many political analysts are interpreting to be a strategic poisoning in the forth coming succession bid. The region has been welcoming him in a great way for he is always considered a great friend and a good neighbor. His relationship has always been held with great regard and more so after 2008 when he joined former President Mwai Kibaki following the highly contested election which resulted to the deadly 2007 post election violence.
Though President Uhuru has not explicitly given his blessing to anyone, many political pundits has been insinuating that he may look outside the mountain region and the de facto beneficiary may be Hon. Musyoka. If this happens President Uhuru’s legacy could succeed in debunking the myth that the Mount Kenya region cannot support a candidate other than one of their own.
Some notable visits are; earlier this month he attended the launch of the Lenten campaign at Our Lady of Consolata in Nyeri town. In this event also in attendance were Deputy President William Ruto, Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga, Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu and ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, among other leaders.
Before that he visited Sunday service at ACK Giachuki in Gatanga on February 24th 2019 and later at Kayole, Township Ward Muranga Town to condole with Senator Irungu Kangata and family following the loss of his mother Mama Margaret Wagechi Irungu
It is in this light we consider perusing Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka’s professional and political profile.
Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka (born 24th December 1953) is a Kenyan politician who was the tenth Vice-President of Kenya from 2008 to 2013.
Musyoka served in the past two governments under President Daniel arap Moi and was Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1993 until 1998; subsequently, under President Mwai Kibaki, he was Minister of Foreign Affairs again from 2003 to 2004, then Minister of the Environment from 2004 to 2005.
He gave a shot at presidency candidate in the 2007 presidential election but was an unsuccessful, after which he was appointed as Vice-President by Kibaki in January 2008.
Below let us have a detailed look into his journey both professionally and politically.
He was born on 24th December 1953 in Tseikuru, in a remote part of Mwingi District (then part of Kitui District) in Kenya’s Eastern Province. Between 1960 and 1967 he studied at Tseikuru Full Primary School to attain basic education. Then he went to Kitui High School in Kitui for the ordinary level and eventually to Meru School in Meru from where he graduated in the advanced level in 1973. Kalonzo Musyoka graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Nairobi in 1977. He continued further studies at the Kenya School of Law in 1978 where he was awarded a Post graduate diploma in Law. In 1979, he attended the Mediterranean Institute of Management in Cyprus where he earned a post graduate Diploma in Business.
In 2009, he was awarded a honorary doctorate in divinity among other 17 beneficiaries at the Charter hall in Nairobi. This was one the “honorary professorships and doctorate degrees” that were issued by Professor Clyde Rivers, the International Commissioner of the Latin University of Theology, based in Inglewood, California.
On 19 December 2008, Kalonzo Musyoka was honoured with a Doctorate in Humane Letters (honoris causa) in recognition of his achievements in peace making, conflict resolution efforts, sustainable community development and humanistic ideals by Kenyatta University during its 25th graduation. Named African Dignitary Man of the year 2016
His Excellency Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka E.G.H was the 10th Vice-President of Kenya In office from 9th January 2008 – 9th April 2013 under former President Mwai Kibaki. He was Preceded by Moody Awori and Succeeded by William Ruto as Deputy President.
He was Minister for Home Affairs In office from 9th January 2008 – 9th April 2013 under President Mwai Kibaki. As well he served as Minister of Environment and Natural Resources in office from 23rd August 2004 – 7th September 2005 under former President Mwai Kibaki Succeeded by Prof. Kivutha Kibwana the current governor for Makueni County.
Kalonzo’s profile is weighty as he served Minister of Foreign Affairs In office 1st January 2003 – 14th August 2004 under President Mwai Kibaki here he was Preceded by Marsden Madoka and Succeeded by Chirau Ali Mwakwere.
Kalonzo had served as minister in the government of former president Moi where he was in charge of various dockets. He served as Minister of Tourism and Information from 6th February 2001 – 30th November 2002 he was preceded by Nicholas Biwott and Succeeded by Raphael Tuju.
He was Minister of Education and Human Resource Development in office 6th October 1998 – 6th March 2001. He was preceded by Joseph Kamotho. He was in charge of Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations In office 8th June 1993 – 1st July 1998. Proceeded by Wilson Ndolo Ayah Succeeded by Bonaya Godana.
He also served as Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly in from office 7th January 1988 –7th January 1992.
He as well held the position KANU National Organising Secretary in office from 1st February 1988 –20th July 2004
Kalonzo had as well served as Assistant Minister for Works, Housing and Physical Planning 5th May 1986 –1st January 1988
He has served as a Member of the Kenyan Parliament in various constituencies. He was first elected in Kitui North constituency in 1985.
As a member of parliament, he was in office from 6th July 1985 –9th June 2013 Preceded by Philip Manandu and Succeeded by John Munuve in charge of Kitui North Constituency from (1985–1997) and Mwingi North (1997–2013).
He is the leader of the Wiper Democratic Movement (formerly Orange Democratic Movement-Kenya) and a co-principle of NASA coalition led by Hon. Raila Odinga.
He is married to Pauline Musyoka and both are blessed with four children.
He is a lawyer by profession and Alma mater of University of Nairobi where he graduated with (LL.B). He also holds a diploma from Kenya School of Law (pgdl) and Mediterranean Institute of Management. (pgdbm)
More to that he is Patron, K. Musyoka Foundation as well as Chief Commissioner, for the Kenya Scouts Association KSA.