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. 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
  2. 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
  3. Mudavadi lashes out at opposition for opposing Finance Bill

    He asked how the opposition expected the government to enhance revenue collection to pay debts.

    Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi
  4. Mudavadi pushes hiving of Kakamega forest for evicted families

    Thousands were displaced when their land was taken for development 38 years ago.

    Kakamega Forest
  5. Mudavadi plunges into Jubilee chaos

    Kega faction trains guns on a slot at the Parliamentary Service Commission.

    Kanini Kega
  6. Ruto, Raila shake hands at Mukami Kimathi's funeral

    The two shook hands after meeting publicly for the first time since the August 2022 General election.

  7. How Ruto ended Raila's 'Maandamano' protest

    It is understood that Ruto was also distressed by the violent raid on Kenyatta's Northlands farm, which was apparently planned and executed without his knowledge.

    Azimio leader Raila Odinga and President William Ruto.
  8. We will pay back in equal measure, Rift Valley leaders tell Mudavadi, Wetangula

    The leaders expressed their willingness to support Mudavadi and Wetangula in their pursuit of succession politics.

    Moses Wetang'ula
  9. We must work together, Mudavadi tells PSs

    Mudavadi, who chaired the inaugural meeting of the PSs Committee, emphasized the importance of discipline and teamwork.

    Musalia Mudavadi
  10. Oparanya, the last Azimio man standing in Kakamega

    The former Kakamega governor said he now had adequate time to focus on uniting communities in western.

    Wycliffe Oparanya.
  11. Natembeya: 'At Ruto's State House, ni kazi, si story'

    Governor Natembeya has distanced himself from Raila Odinga's Azimio coalition mass action agenda, pledging to work with President Ruto

    Governor George Natembeya with President William Ruto at State House Nairobi on Wednesday March 15, 2023
  12. Ruto: Govt won't allow loss of life, destruction of property

    Azimio leader Raila Odinga has called for mass action on Monday, March 20.

    President Ruto
  13. Politicians to lose bargaining power in UDA’s one party plan

    UDA’s new secretary-general Cleophas Malala revealed plans to have Kenya Kwanza affiliates fold.

    Moses Wetang'ula
  14. Cleophas Malala: Playing both teams, scoring for one

    The move by Mr Malala could further jolt hopes for the elusive Luhya unity.

  15. Waste of taxpayers’ money? Mudavadi’s spouse office sparks talk

    The new office comes barely months after Charlene Ruto, stoked controversies over the existence of the Office of the First Daughter.

    Office of the Spouse to the Prime Cabinet Secretary
  16. Officers questioned over theft in Mudavadi's Karen home

    The GSU officers were stationed at the property to provide security round the clock.

    Moses Wetang'ula
  17. Humphrey Kariuki: From tax evasion claims to hosting State guests

    There were no DCI, KRA or Director of Public Prosecutions officials ready to pounce on him.

    William Ruto Mt Kenya Safari Club
  18. Winners and losers in Ruto’s new order

    The reorganisation comes after a Cabinet retreat that the President said had developed a plan to transform Kenya.

  19. Ignore Sakaja and stay put, DP Gachagua tells matatu, club owners

    Gachagua also lamented that whenever anyone from the Kikuyu community speaks or they gather somewhere, they are accused of tribalism.

    Rigathi Gachagua


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