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. Ruto, Uhuru and Raila mourn Magoha as tributes pour in

    Raila has expressed his sadness at learning of Prof Magoha's death.

    Former Education CS George Magoha.
  2. Push to have Kalonzo named flagbearer rocks Azimio boat

    Wiper leader’s allies say there is need for early preparations to face off with Ruto in 2027.

    Kalonzo Musyoka
  3. Revealed: Uhuru’s Jubilee Party want Raila in 2027 ballot

    Uhuru’s close allies have stoked a fresh controversy in Azimio by disclosing plans to front Raila Odinga for a sixth presidential run in 2027

    Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga KICC
  4. Why Kalonzo is no longer at ease in Ukambani

    President William Ruto has given Mr Musyoka’s Ukambani backyard three Cabinet posts.

    Kalonzo Musyoka
  5. Kalonzo: Ruto knows I’m the man to beat in 2027

    The Wiper leader rallied Ukambani backyard saying he now has the backing of Mr Odinga’s support base.

    Kalonzo Musyoka
  6. Raila calls off pro-Cherera team rallies slated for Wednesday

    Azimio also terms JLAC hearings against the four a "lynch mob".

    Dissenting commissioners
  7. Raila's secret deal with Azimio governors

    Idea of Azimio la Umoja One Kenya principals naming a shadow cabinet does not go down well with many.

    Raila and Orengo in Naivasha
  8. Cherera four: Raila shows up in parliament for hearings

    Mr Odinga's entourage, which included Martha Karua and Kalonzo Musyoka was received by the National Assembly minority leader Opiyo Wandayi.

  9. 'No money no dam': Kalonzo speaks on largest project after SGR

    Kalonzo has asked the government to offer adequate compensation to people likely to be affected by the dam.

    Kalonzo Musyoka
  10. Winnie Odinga, Kalonzo son make it to final EALA list

    Former Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has pulled out of the EALA race.

    Winnie Odinga photo Kennedy Musyoka kalonzo
  11. Ruto targets Raila strongholds, allies ahead of 2027 polls

    Kalonzo Musyoka is largely considered to stand a good chance of inheriting Mr Odinga’s base, should the former prime minister give him the nod.

    President William Ruto with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga at Nyayo National Stadium
  12. Kalonzo rejects Ruto overtures to join Kenya Kwanza

    Wiper leader has criticised some leaders he says are easy targets for President’s charm offensive

    Kalonzo Musyoka
  13. Wafula Chebukati reacts to Ruto move to declare IEBC vacancies

    Not everyone is happy with Dr Ruto’s move to declare the anticipated IEBC vacancies.

    Wafula Chebukati
  14. Azimio to form a shadow cabinet, says Kalonzo

    The Wiper leader says this will help to keep in check President Ruto’s government.

    Kalonzo Musyoka
  15. Kalonzo, the only Azimio principal at Mashujaa Day fete

    Most Azimio-allied leaders have given national events a wide berth.

    Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua
  16. Azimio responds to President Ruto’s address in Parliament

    Kalonzo faulted President Ruto saying he failed to address pertinent issues affecting the country.

    A host of Azimio leaders led by coalition principal Kalonzo Musyoka
  17. Azimio pours water on President Ruto’s Parliament speech

    Azimio now says they will withhold approval of CS nominees facing criminal charges.

    A host of Azimio leaders led by coalition principal Kalonzo Musyoka


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