Jubilee Party Secretary-General and Cabinet Secretary without portfolio Raphael Tuju has become the media’s darling in the recent past. This Is due to his pivotal role in what is seen as blocking DP Ruto’s bid to succeed President Uhuru
However, this man who enjoys the comfort and support of state machinery is not known to many despite having a rich history.
Here are a few facts about SG Tuju that will shock you once you read them.
Raphael Tuju Birth and Education
Raphael Tuju was born on 30th March 1959. He is aged 61 years despite his young-looking face and dark hair.
He went to Nakuru West Primary School and later Starehe Boys Centre, where he excelled before pursuing a degree in Journalism. Tuju has a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom.
Raphael Tuju Career
Tuju worked as a TV and Radio producer for several shows in Kenya, before joining the East African Standard as a long-time columnist.
He also worked as a communication consultant for organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank, and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
He is the founder of Ace Communication, a firm that existed between 1992 and 2001.
Raphael Tuju Politics
In December 2002, Tuju was elected as the MP for Rarieda Constituency. He was then appointed by President Mwai Kibaki to serve as a minister for communication in the Narc government.
He later formed the Progressive People’s Party to counter the Orange referendum movement that had gained momentum in Luo Nyanza.
In December 2007 he lost his parliamentary seat and was named minister for foreign affairs to replace Moses Wetangula. He was an advisor to the president on various matters and a special envoy in several missions abroad.
He later formed the Party of Action but was later named Secretary-General of the Jubilee Party, a position he holds up to date.
In 2018, President Uhuru Kenyatta named Raphael Tuju a Cabinet Secretary without a portfolio
Raphael Tuju Family
Raphael Tuju married Rose Akinyi on 15th November 1986. The two were together for 27 years before going their separate ways in 2013.
In 2013, it was alleged that his wife had been having an affair with Tony Ogunda. The two separated in 2012 but Tuju sought to make it official in February 2013 claiming she had become adulterous and violent.
In the divorce suit, he claimed his wife had been cheating on him with a mannerless young man, who she had even brought into his matrimonial bed while he was away.
Raphael Tuju is married to one wife called Ruth Akinyi, with he is blessed with two children; a daughter and a son.
Tuju Involved In Accident
In February 2020, he was involved in a grisly road accident on the Nakuru-Nairobi highway on his way to the burial of the late former president of the Republic of Kenya Daniel Arap Moi.
Speaking to The Star after the accident, he said that he had suffered 13 broken ribs and lost a lot of blood internally.
“ I lost a lot of blood through internal bleeding. I survived through the grace of God. There is no other way. I have realized He loves me,” he said.
One rib was pierced and destroyed his right lung affecting his breathing necessitating oxygen support. Tuju said it was a very painful experience.
Raphael Tuju Networth Wealth
Having worked in various capacities both under the communication industry and the government, it is no surprise that he has considerable wealth.
He owns a multi-million mansion nestled in a 10-acre land in the leafy suburbs of Karen. On the well-manicured lawn runs a mock waterfall fed by a slow-flowing river. The beautiful place is a true work of art oozing luxury and class.
“ I did not use a contractor. I lived across. Every morning, I would come in and supervise, and I got a friend who was not paid to help watch over the whole thing. Everything is more about style than money. I like to remind myself that I will live only once, and so I am going to build a decent house for myself,” he revealed in a past magazine interview.
This year, it was revealed he risked losing his multi-million empire after a bad investment. In an article by Business Daily, it was revealed that he had launched a court fight to block the auctioning of his properties over a botched Kes1.53 billion loan deal meant for the development of luxury homes in Karen.
Tuju was awarded the Elder of the Golden Heart (EGH) award by President Mwai Kibaki for exemplary public service.