Musalia Mudavadi


September 21, 1960




Politician, Land economist


Married to Tessy Musalia with three children


Education: Early learning at Nairobi Primary School, then Jamhuri and Nairobi School for his A-levels before proceeding to the University of Nairobi for his Bachelor of Arts (Land Economics) degree.

Political career: Mr Mudavadi, who is Kenya’s 7th Vice President (VP), was first elected an MP in 1989 after the death of his father, Mr Moses Mudavadi. He was elected unopposed in Sabatia constituency and went on to be re-elected in 1992, 1997, and 2007.

Soon after, he was appointed Minister of Supplies and Marketing until 1992 when he was elevated to Ministry of Finance between 1993 and 1997. He has also served as Minister for Agriculture, and Transport and Communication between 2001 and 2002 when he was appointed to the office of VP.

He served three months in the office of the Vice President, the shortest sting in Kenyan history.

He was appointed VP in October 2002 to replace the late George Saitoti, who Moi had sacked in a succession war after he chose Mr Uhuru Kenyatta as his successor. Mr Mudavadi was Mr Kenyatta's running mate in the 2002 general election. He ended up losing that bid as well as his Sabatia Parliamentary seat.

Mr Mudavadi made a come back in 2005 during the campaigns for the new Constitution. He joined the NO camp that was opposed to the draft that the Kibaki government had proposed. The camp emerged winners of the referendum. In the 2007 presidential election, Mr Mudavadi was Mr Odinga’s running mate, but again they lost to late former President Mwai Kibaki. 

He was a member of the national reconciliation team that negotiated for peace after the bloody events of the 2007/08 post-election violence and was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local government in the Grand coalition government of 2008/13.

He defected from ODM to his United Democratic Forum (UDF) through which he contested the 2013 presidential race, coming third. 

He severed ties with UDF to form Amani National Congress (ANC) in 2015. ANC was part of the five political parties that merged in 2017 to form the National Super Alliance (Nasa) which fronted Mr Raila Odinga as its presidential candidate. Nasa lost to Jubilee in the election held on August 8, 2017 but the Supreme Court nullified the outcome due to irregularities.

In January 2022, he joined hands with DP William Ruto to form the Kenya Kwanza Alliance ahead of the 2022 general elections.

Latest articles on Musalia Mudavadi:

  1. Raila: I'm not anyone's project

    ODM chief and Prime CS Musalia Mudavadi address a joint press briefing and unveil strategy team of five.

    Raila Odinga
  2. Raila, Mudavadi presser on status of Kenya's candidacy for AU Chairmanship

  3. Raila, Mudavadi presser on status of Kenya's candidacy for AU Chairmanship

  4. PREMIUM Ruto-Gachagua rift widens

    President contradicts his deputy as he gives MPs the freedom to traverse the country as they perform their roles.

    William Ruto
  5. PREMIUM Ruto mega party: UDA now mulls three options

    Malala says they want to have a strong party such as CCM in Tanzania.

    President William Ruto
  6. PREMIUM Where is Gachagua? Questions as DP misses key State events

    The DP has never shied away from public forums and has always been next to President Ruto.

    Gachagua pending bills
  7. Museveni begins State visit to Kenya to boost trade ties

    Kenya has on several occasions blocked Ugandan agricultural products including powdered milk and eggs

  8. PREMIUM Shuffle, sack or suspend: Ruto’s Cabinet conundrum

    In 2015, former President Uhuru Kenyatta caved under pressure and suspended six CSs.

  9. PREMIUM How Gachagua UDA big win is a blow to Mudavadi

    The decision to remove three deputy UDA party leader slots appears as setback for Mudavadi.

    Musalia Mudavadi and Rigathi Gachagua
  10. Gen Ogolla memorial service: All systems go at the Ulinzi Sports Complex

    The ceremony will be attended by President William Ruto and senior government officials.

    All set for General Francis Ogolla's military honours and memorial service
  11. PREMIUM Inside Mudavadi’s game plan in UDA merger

    He resigned as ANC leader just a month after Ruto was sworn into office.

    Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi
  12. PREMIUM UDA elections: You are either on the table or on the menu!

    We are all looking forward to the UDA polls to see how the party will organise its eating table.

    President William Ruto
  13. PREMIUM What ANC, UDA merger means for Mudavadi, Gachagua

    President Ruto's priority is to build a strong political party instead of an outfit based on delicate alliances.

    Musalia Mudavadi.
  14. PREMIUM Ghosts of Jaramogi, Saitoti haunt Gachagua in UDA

    When Moi entered a pact with Raila’s NDP, then VP Saitoti was a major casualty.

    Rigathi Gachagua, Saitoti, Jaramogi
  15. PREMIUM Why Natembeya’s Tawe movement is giving Wetang’ula sleepless nights

    Caught in the crossfire is CS Susan Nakhumincha.

    Trans Nzoia County Governor George Natembeya
  16. PREMIUM Confusion in ANC: Who's fooling whom?

    Mudavadi's party refutes reports of seeking to join President Ruto's UDA.

    William Ruto and Musalia Mudavadi
  17. Kenya's tricky balancing act on Algeria amid Moroccan onslaught

    Algerian Foreign Minister Attaf and his host Musalia Mudavadi did not mention Morocco by name.

    Algerian Foreign Minister Ahmed Attaf Musalia Mudavadi
  18. PREMIUM Mudavadi ready to fold ANC in grand UDA plan

    He recently hinted at another wave of a ‘political earthquake’.

  19. State halts NCPB fertiliser distribution after outcry

    The ban follows claims of fake farm inputs in the market.

    Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi
  20. Ruto reiterates govt support for Harambee Stars

    The President also fulfilled his promise by giving AFC Leopards Sh10 million.

    Ingwe@60 celebrations