Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi
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British secret files reveal how Musalia Mudavadi was 1990s darling of the West

Kenya's Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi.

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What you need to know:

  • In 1990s, Musalia Mudavadi was the blue-eyed boy of the West who had heightened their criticism of President Daniel Moi’s government, demanding political and economic reforms. The then Finance minister’s moderate political outlook and aversion to controversy further endeared him to the West.
  • Mudavadi is likely to be a much more worthwhile Kenya interlocutor than Kalonzo Musyoka, the documents say.  
  • The documents also reveal how during a private meeting with the British Minister for Overseas Development and Africa, Mudavadi  revealed that  corruption  was taking place on a huge scale in Moi’s government  but he was not sure whether forces within the government  would  allow him  to tackle it.