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. Kalonzo's Azimio exit to cost Sonko millions in rebrand

    Sonko will have to rebrand his campaign and vehicles after Mr Musyoka's exit from Raila's coalition.

    Mike Sonko Mombasa Wiper
  2. What next for Wiper’s Kaloki in Nairobi governor contest?

    Prof Kaloki was nominated to deputise Mr Polycarp Igathe in the deal brokered by Mr Musyoka after Mr Odinga got the presidential ticket in the coalition.

    Philip Kaloki.
  3. Why Kalonzo opted to go it alone

    Mr Musyoka confirmed talks with Raila, saying the Azimio leader went to his home after his Mombasa rally over the weekend.

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  4. Kalonzo bolts out of Azimio over Karua running mate choice

    The move came as the party threatened to head to the High Court to seek to disband Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party.

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  5. Raila Odinga picks Martha Karua as running mate

    Ms Karua, joined the Azimio team in March and has been drumming up support for Mr Odinga.

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  6. Kalonzo lands prime docket in Raila’s potential cabinet

    Other beneficiaries are Hassan Joho, Peter Munya, Wycliffe Oparanya and Kenneth Marende.

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  7. Live blog: Raila names running mate

    Raila Odinga has picked Martha Karua as his running mate.

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  8. Twist as Gideon Moi in Karen with Kalonzo

    Moi was first spotted at KICC Monday morning, but reappeared in Karen an hour later.

  9. Wiper MP's no-show at KICC ahead of Raila's running mate announcement

    Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka is already at the SKM Command Centre where he is set to make the announcement.

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  10. Kanu: We have no plans to abandon Raila

    Kanu's Nick Salat said the party will support Raila without any conditions.

  11. Kalonzo calls allies for 'big announcement'

    Wiper Kenya party sent out invitations to its legislators for a Monday morning meeting.

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  12. Raila to name deputy today as Wiper threatens walkout

    ODM leader yesterday unveiled the Nairobi County Azimio line-up during a rally at the Kamukunji grounds.

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  13. Why regional kingpins have little to offer Raila, Ruto

    Paper tigers Mudavadi, Wetang’ula, Uhuru and Karua have little to offer from their backyards in terms of party support.

  14. Azimio the most popular coalition

    Azimio coalition party trounces Kenya Kwanza in popularity rating whereas 38 percent, UDA has 38 percent against ODM’s 34 percent.

  15. Kalonzo digs in on Azimio running mate demand

    Mr Musyoka’s reported plans to ditch the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition and join the race for president has gained urgency in the past few days.

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  16. Running mate hopefuls: This is what we’ll do if not picked

    Presidential aspirants have until Monday to name their running mates.

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  17. August presidential poll ‘likely to be won in round one’

    The Nation Media Group opinion poll conducted on May 8 and 9 showed Mr Ruto and the ODM leader tied at 42 per cent of the vote each.

  18. What Ruto and Raila have to consider in picking deputy

    While the number of votes the running mate brings is important, chemistry and loyalty are equally key.

    Raila Ruto running mate choices
  19. Mudavadi, Karua lead in running mate race

    Karua’s fortunes extend to Odinga’s Nyanza backyard where 42 percent of locals think she should get the seat.

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