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. Gachagua and Mudavadi: Clash of roles?

    The similarities of the roles assigned to Mr Gachagua and Mr Mudavadi caught the eye of Kenyans.

    Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi
  2. Musalia promises to deliver as chief CS

    Mudavadi’s role will include coordinating and supervising government ministries.

    Musalia Mudavadi
  3. Uhuru ministers walk away with Sh20m in farewell pay

    Principal Secretaries will also earn near similar amounts for those who have served since 2013.

    Cabinet Secretaries
  4. Ruto's full list of cabinet appointees

    Ruto's cabinet picks include Prof Njuguna Ndung'u, Davis Chirchir and Mithika Linturi.

    ruto cabinet Prof Kithure Kindiki, Prof Njuguna Ndung'u, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi Dr Alfred Mutua
  5. Ruto names Mudavadi Prime Cabinet Secretary

    Described as a laid back man, Mudavadi has earned the “safe pair of hands” tag from his supporters.

    ANC leader MUsalia Mudavadi
  6. Ruto names Mudavadi Prime Cabinet Secretary

    Musalia Mudavadi
  7. Uncertainty as Governor Lelelit delays swearing-in of Samburu MCAs

    Assembly Clerk Patrick Leshore is also yet to declare the Speaker's position vacant

  8. Ruto wanted to lead Kenya since he was in class four

    When he was in class four Dr Ruto had told his family members that he would one day rise to become Kenya’s President

    President-elect William Ruto.
  9. Why August poll should inspire parties to nominate more women

    Some woman representatives served in the affirmative seat for one term, ran for constituency seat, and won

  10. Ruto to Western: I’ll keep my word on Mudavadi, Wetang’ula

    Dr Ruto thanks Bungoma voters for flinging the county in his favour during the August 9 General Election

    William Ruto
  11. Bungoma politicians jostle for Wetang’ula’s senate seat

    Mr Wetang’ula delivered 90 percent of Bungoma votes to Dr Ruto, securing his pre-election pact under a Kenya Kwanza government

    Bungoma Senator-Elect and Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula.
  12. How ODM made comeback in Kakamega

    On August 9, 2022, things were different for ODM in Kakamega after it bagged nine parliamentary seats and that of woman rep.

    Kakamega Woman Rep Elsie Muhanda
  13. Raila's campaign chairman beaten in Laikipia governor race

    Mr Muriithi, the chairperson of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya campaign board, garnered 48,812 votes.

    Ndiritu Murithi
  14. Kiunjuri: From an MP to a CS then to an MP

    On Thursday, Mr Kiunjuri was announced as the first Kenya Kwanza principal to clinch an elective seat.

    Mwangi Kiunjuri
  15. Raila beats Ruto in Mudavadi’s home county Vihiga

    The vote tally shows Kenya Kwanza got 35 percent.

    Raila Odinga
  16. Mudavadi fails to deliver 90 percent vote to Ruto in own polling station

    DP Ruto garnered 276 votes in Mululu Primary School against Raila Odinga's 82 votes.

    Mudavadi votes
  17. Ruto piles pressure on Mudavadi over Western votes

    Dr Ruto, who was campaigning in Vihiga said the 75 per cent vote that is being proposed by voters is "too little.”

    William Ruto
  18. Kenyan Kwanza leaders caution chiefs against campaigning

    He painted the DP as a man who could not be trusted, claiming his reputation and conduct in the Jubilee administration portrayed him as a corrupt leader.

    ANC leader MUsalia Mudavadi
  19. DP Ruto on debate: Raila is a coward

    Dr Ruto claimed Mr Odinga chickened out of the debate because he cannot tell Kenyans why the price of basic commodities shot up since the handshake.

    Raila Odinga.
  20. Raila has abandoned you, Ruto tells Western voters

    Ruto says the region would determine the winner of the August 9 presidential race.

    DP Ruto addressing a rally in Mbale, Vihiga County


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