Kalonzo Musyoka


December 24, 1953




Politician, Lawyer


Married to Pauline Musyoka. They have three children.


Education background: Early learning at Tseikuru Full Primary School between 1960 and 1967 before he proceeded to Kitui High School for O levels, then Meru School for A levels. Joined university of Nairobi where he graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree in 1977. He also holds a post graduate diploma in legal practice from the Kenya School of Law (KSL) which he obtained in 1978. Additionally, he holds a postgraduate diploma in Business from the Mediterranean Institute of Management in Cyprus.  

Married to Pauline Musyoka, they have three children: Kennedy Musyoka Kalonzo, Klein Kalonzo and Damaris Musenya. Kennedy, the first born, is a lawyer and serves as a member of the  East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).

First elected in parliament in 1985, Mr Musyoka served as Kenya’s 10th vice president between 2008 and 2010 under late President Mwai Kibaki. 

He first tried his hand in politics when he unsuccessfully vied for the Kitui North Constituency parliamentary seat in 1983 and lost to Phillip Manandu. However, two years later, the seat was declared vacant after the death of Mr Manandu and Mr Musyoka, then aged 32, was voted in in the by-election that followed.

He was appointed Assistant Minister for Works, Housing and Physical Planning in 1986. He was re-elected as MP in the 1988 general election and was also elected Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, serving until the 1992 general election.

Late former President Daniel Moi appointed him Foreign Minister. He also served as Minister for Education and Information, communication and Tourism until 2002.

He also served as the National Organizing Secretary for Kanu from 1988 to 2002. He quit Kanu in 2002 and together with Mr Raila Odinga, the late George Saitoti and JJ Kamotho, he joined the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) which joined forces with Mr Kibaki’s NAK to form a new government after the 2002 elections. He was once again appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs but was re-deployed to the Ministry of Environment in a cabinet reshuffle in 2004.

Mr Moi had previously appointed him to chair the Sudan-Somalia peace talks but Mr Kibaki later replaced him in 2004. He was sacked from cabinet, where he served as Environment Minister, alongside Mr Odinga after they opposed the draft Constitution that had been proposed by Ministers allied to the former Head of state in the 2005 referendum. Mr Kalonzo reportedly received his dismissal letter from then Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura telling him to resign with immediate effect.

He founded ODM-K and used it contest the 2007 presidential election where he came third behind Mr Kibaki and Mr Odinga. He was subsequently appointed vice president in the grand coalition government that was formed by the two rivals after peace negotiations mediated by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan.

He would later join hands with Mr Odinga in the 2013 general election where he was his running mate, and again in the 2017 general election. 

Latest articles on Kalonzo Musyoka:

  1. PREMIUM No easy choices for Raila in AUC job bid

    Kenyan opposition leader could be damned if he wins and damned if he loses the seat.

    Raila Odinga
  2. PREMIUM Raila's dilemma in race for top AU job

    Somalia and Djibouti have advanced their campaigns for the AUC post.

    Raila Odinga
  3. Don't use African Union job to gag Raila, Kalonzo tells Ruto allies

    The former vice president says Mr Odinga should be allowed to talk about the ills affecting Kenyans and local politics.

    Kalonzo Musyoka
  4. PREMIUM Kalonzo: Fazul is a 'hatchet man' being used to attack Atwoli

    Musyoka says Azimio is concerned about attacks targeting Cotu’s leadership.

    Francis Atwoli Kalonzo Musyoka Fazul
  5. Azimio calls for probe into fatal KDF chopper crash

    The crash killed Chief of Defence Forces General Francis Ogolla and nine others.

  6. Kalonzo’s big mountain to climb

    Kalonzo has formed a think-tank on how to win over vote-rich region.

    Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka
  7. PREMIUM Karua: I'm best suited to succeed Raila in Azimio

    Ms Karua has dismissed Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka as lacking the authority to step into Mr Odinga’s shoes.

    Martha Karua
  8. Kalonzo claims plot by gov't to sideline opposition in IEBC selection

    They claim that there are hidden cards in play which risks to finally stop the process.

  9. Gender reflections on future UDA presidential tickets

    Ruto promised that the party's candidates and their running mates will not be of the same gender.

  10. Kalonzo: I'm fit to lead Azimio

    Parties have intensified the battle for the leadership of the opposition coalition as Raila focuses on his AUC bid.

    Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka
  11. PREMIUM Taking over from Raila: Inside Kalonzo’s 2027 game plan

    A number of Raila’s allies are gravitating towards Wiper boss Kalonzo.

    Azimio Demos
  12. Luhya leaders flex muscles in region’s leadership battle

    Recent attacks by Natembeya against Wetang’ula have ignited talk of clamour for control of the region.

    Western leaders
  13. PREMIUM Azimio: Meddle with Nadco report and pay heavy price

    Should efforts to undermine the report be successful, 'there will be a heavy price to pay'.

    Raila Odinga
  14. PREMIUM Kalonzo hits out at Ruto over Haiti mission

    Mr Musyoka, Azimio leaders criticise the State for 'defying' court order and signing deal to send 1,000 police officers to Haiti.

    Kalonzo Musyoka
  15. Kalonzo out to carve political path, inherit Azimio leadership

    Kalonzo has already declared that his ambition to become the next President of Kenya is unstoppable.

    Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka
  16. PREMIUM Raila allies’ tough conditions on Kalonzo 2027 bid

    Among the demands are that the Wiper leader organise and take part in street protests.

    William Ruto
  17. PREMIUM Wanjigi: Why Kalonzo, like Raila, should retire from local politics

    Politician and businessman lauds Raila for the bold decision to exit the political stage in Kenya.

    Jimi Wanjigi and Kalonzo Musyoka
  18. Kalonzo: We are ready to soldier on without Raila

    Musyoka says there will be no gap in Azimio leadership in Raila's absence.

    Kalonzo Musyoka
  19. PREMIUM The price Raila must pay for the African Union job

    The ramifications of Raila quitting Kenyan politics are earth-shaking and could open many doors.

    Raila Odinga and Olusegun Obasanjo