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. 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
  2. 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.

  3. 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
  4. Walk the talk on graft, Mudavadi urges top state officials

    Their actions must espouse the tenets of the religions they follow, says Mr Mudavadi.

    Musalia Mudavadi
  5. Revealed: Silent battle between DP Gachagua, Mudavadi

    Recent war of words between Governor Sakaja and DP Gachagua could be the tip of the iceberg in a simmering Kenya Kwanza supremacy battle.

    Rigathi Gachagua
  6. Rigathi, Mudavadi silent war exposed in DP’s clash with Sakaja

    Mt Kenya leaders warn their Western region counterparts against disrespecting the DP.

    Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua (left), President Dr William Ruto and Prime Cabinet Secretary nominee Musalia Mudavadi
  7. Gachagua vs Mudavadi: Is Ruto's big political gamble paying off?

    The kingpins of Mt Kenya and Western regions might have become a political headache for the President.

    Musalia Mudavadi and Rigathi Gachagua
  8. Inside Ruto’s kitchen cabinet

    A kitchen cabinet refers to a group of unofficial or sometimes official advisers to the President and who are considered to be unduly influential.

    William Ruto
  9. Mudavadi to Mulembe nation: It’s time to drop Raila

    The region failed to heed his calls and overwhelmingly voted for the Azimio coalition led by Raila Odinga in the August polls.

    Musalia Mudavadi
  10. Mudavadi is our kingpin: Atwoli in another U-turn

    In May 2020, Atwoli led a section of leaders from Mulembe nation in a meeting to replace Mudavadi as spokesmen for western region.

    Central Organization of Trade Unions (Cotu) secretary general Francis Atwoli and President William Ruto
  11. Ruto’s new plot to elbow out Raila from Western

    Leaders present, including trade unionist Francis Atwoli, vow they will deliver bloc to Kenya Kwanza.

    Central Organization of Trade Unions (Cotu) secretary general Francis Atwoli and President William Ruto
  12. PRIME Kenya Kwanza house on fire as Khalwale goes for Weta in Bungoma poll

    He said both Mr Mabonga and Mr Wamunyinyi were rejected by voters in the August elections and had nothing to offer the people of Bungoma.

  13. Tessie Mudavadi, Ahadi Kenya in door-to-door food distribution to vulnerable families

    Mrs Mudavadi and Dr Stanley Kamau of Ahadi Kenya distributed food to households in the Aramaget slum and in Kamuino village on Tuesday

    Tessie Mudavadi, the spouse to Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi with Ahadi Kenya door to door relief food distribution
  14. Mudavadi, Karua clash during Kakamega fete

    Ms Karua dismisses Mudavadi’s call for leaders to put the campaign mood behind and forge ahead to improve the welfare of Kenyans.

    Bishop Sulumeti
  15. Mudavadi: Why I have deferred my presidential dream

    Former ANC party leader will now concentrate on his State duties as Prime Cabinet Secretary.

    Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi (left) and President William Ruto
  16. Mululu celebrates after Musalia takes Cabinet oath

    The enthusiastic residents said their leader had been rewarded for standing by President William Ruto during tough times.

  17. Musalia Mudavadi: I’m worth Sh4 billion

    The net worth is in investment shares in companies and property.

    Musalia Mudavadi
  18. Inside Ruto's costly, more bloated Executive

    Ruto govenrment has seven more PSs, which will cost at least Sh321 million more in salaries.

    ruto cabinet Prof Kithure Kindiki, Prof Njuguna Ndung'u, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi Dr Alfred Mutua


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