Francis Mwangi Kiunjuri is known to be one of the most famous Kenyan politicians, who has served in the Kenyan Government in different capacities. This is an outstanding leader with a strong political background from the Mt. Kenya region. His political fame has gone far and wide, and it has been the landmark for many political aspirants and leaders, especially from the Central part of Kenya.
Here is the Story of Francis Mwangi Kiunjuri.
Mwangi Kiunjuri Early Life
Francis Mwangi Kiunjuri was born on April 2, 1969, in Nyeri County. Kiunjuri lived an average childhood life, attended the local primary and secondary schools where he exemplary did well in class. He then proceeded to Moi University where he pursued a bachelor’s degree in Education(Arts) and graduated in 1994.
While on campus, Kiunjuri developed interests in politics, and his first political action led him to join Ford party. The party was led by veteran opposition leaders who included Kenneth Matiba and the late Jaramogi Oginga Oding
Mwangi Kiunjuri Career and Politics
Having graduated as a teacher, Kiunjuri drastically changed his career. He chose not to be a teacher but instead collected his savings and bought an old lorry.
During those days, Michuki rules had not applied, hence the transport sector did not face any regulations. This was an advantage for Kiunjuri for he used it as a public service vehicle. He doubled as a driver and a tout.
During a past interview, Kiunjuri recalls how the transport sector taught him a lot and made him understand the various ways people live. Kiunjuri further added that besides being a tout, he had a calling in national politics and that was not the end of him.
After hustling for two years using his lorry, Kiunjuri decided to shift to his teaching career. He taught at a local secondary school for a few months then left the job.
Kiunjuri had gathered a big number of followers, and that gave him the courage to try his luck in politics. He went back to the Nanyuki terminus and told the old folks of his passion for politics and his wish to vie for the parliamentary seat in the 1997 General elections.
The response was quite positive and through the residents’ support, Kiunjuri became the youngest Member of Parliament in Kenya under the umbrella of the Democratic party. He got the seat at an age of 28 years.
The young politician rose to fame and won the 2002 elections. He served for 5 years and in the 2007 General elections, he was elected to represent Laikipia East constituency in the National Assembly under the ticket of the Party of national unity (PNU). In 2013, Francis Kiunjuri vied for the Gubernatorial seat and things did not turn out well for him as he lost the seat to his political counterpart, Joshua Irungu.
Francis Kiunjuri did not fade away, as President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed him in 2015 to succeed Anne Waiguru at the Ministry of Devolution and Planning.
Francis Mwangi Kiunjuri has served in various capacities in the Kenyan Government. He has been the Assistant Minister of water and irrigation, and the Assistant Minister for energy. On October 26th, 2017, during the General elections, the President appointed Kiunjuri as the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture.
In the year 2018, President Uhuru Kenyatta re-appointed Francis Kiunjuri as the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and irrigation. Kiunjuri served as the CS up to 14th January 2020.
Mwangi Kiunjuri’s Net-worth
According to relevant sources, Francis Mwangi Kiunjuri was termed as the richest Cabinet Secretary who existed during his time. In December 2015, Kiunjuri appeared before the National Assembly Committee on Appointments and revealed that he was worth around Kshs. 798 million.
The Cabinet Secretary cited that his wealth is linked to his own properties. He further added that he owns land and buildings in Nanyuki, Sagana, and in Nairobi.
Kiunjuri declared his wealth after the Government issued a directive to have all nominees to Government positions declare their wealth on the basis of fighting corruption.