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. PREMIUM Austerity? Gachagua splurges Sh10m on curtains

    Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua's office purchased curtains worth Sh10.27 million last year.

    Rigathi Gachagua
  2. Mudavadi hints of Ruto-Raila 'handshake'

    Prime CS says "good and pleasant news" awaits residents of Raila's Bondo backyard.

    William Ruto
  3. PREMIUM Secrets of Ruto-Musalia deal that tilted 2022 poll

    The “Earthquake” deal unveiled two years ago, was a culmination of behind-the-scenes manoeuvres, deceit, political betrayal and horse-trading.

    Musalia Mudavadi.
  4. Kenya signals shift on Israel

    Mudavadi called for a ceasefire and said both Israel and Palestine should end the hostilities.

    Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi
  5. Mudavadi: Blaming Uhuru is ill-advised

    Prime Cabinet Secretary says Kenyans do not like to hear leaders blaming past govts for the bad economic fortunes.

    Musalia Mudavadi
  6. PREMIUM Secret files reveal how Mudavadi is a darling of the West

    He was the blue-eyed boy of the West who had heightened their criticism of Moi’s government.

    Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi
  7. Ruto, Gachagua watch as Homa Bay, Busia win Talanta Hela titles

    The finals were a culmination of the tournament that started at the grassroots level in all the 47 counties.

  8. PREMIUM How (not) to make Kenya’s foreign policy

    Critics say Kenya's so-called pragmatism is making its positions confusing.

    Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi
  9. Who will check civil servants? Ruto clarifies Mudavadi, Kuria roles

    Executive Order also clarifies role of former CS Adan Mohamed.

    Mudavadi Ruto Moses Kuria
  10. Mudavadi accuses Koskei of fuelling rift with Kuria

    Mudavadi says the Head of Public Service usurped President’s role of allocating ministers portfolios.

  11. PREMIUM Mudavadi, Kuria tussle over office space

    The two Cabinet Secretaries each lay claim to the renovated Kenya Railways offices and key ministerial duties.

    Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Kuria.
  12. Ruto retains several envoys appointed by predecessor Uhuru in new changes

    Some lawmakers want the positions reserved for professionals and not election losers.

    Mr Manoah Esipisu
  13. End of honeymoon for Ruto’s loyalists in Cabinet

    The demotion of some key allies is seen as a warning shot.

    President William Ruto with members of his Cabinet at Kakamega State Lodge recently.
  14. PREMIUM Luhya leaders claim secret 2032 pact with Ruto

    The 2032 succession talk seems not to sit well with some leaders in the ruling alliance.

    Ruto Western Tour
  15. AG Muturi castigated for giving Mudavadi ‘bad advice’ on State firms

    Mudavadi told Public Service Commission has no powers in managing parastatal staff.

    Justin Muturi
  16. PREMIUM Ruto’s U-turn: From Judiciary advocate to critic

    His recent attack on the Judiciary was on July 11, 2023, just hours after the court extended orders suspending implementation of Finance Act 2023.

    William Ruto
  17. Mudavadi: Raila 10 million signature drive an exercise in futility

    Mr Mudavadi tells Raila to brace for another humiliating defeat if he runs for the presidency in 2027.

    Musalia Mudavadi
  18. Uhuru in private meeting with Mudavadi in Nigeria

    In pictures released by Mr Kenyatta’s office, the duo appeared cordial, shook hands and were in a relaxed mode

    Uhuru Musalia
  19. Mudavadi morphing into Ruto’s ambassador-at-large

    Mudavadi appears to be Ruto’s key assistant in implementing the country’s ‘Look West’ economic policy.

    Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi