Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka
Vice President (2008); Minister for Home Affairs
Date of Birth: 24/12/1953
Place of Birth: Tseikuru
Biography: MP, Kitui North, 1985 to date; Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1993-98 and 2003-04; Minister of the Environment, 2004-05; Vice-President, 2008 to date.
Commentary: Musyoka first obtained a parliamentary seat in 1985 (the Kitui North
constituency). He was a prominent member of KANU, serving as National
Organizing Secretary from 1988-1988, and remaining with them during the
first multi party elections in 1992. He left KANU in 2002 along with
Raila Odinga, joining the LDP which, under the NARC umbrella, went on
to win the 2002 elections. He served in Kibaki's cabinet but was one of
the leaders of the 'No' campain in the 2005 referendum on the proposed
new constitution, and was consequently dismissed from his post during
the referendum fall-out.
In the run up to the 2007 Presidential election Musyoka and Raila
Odinga both vied for the ODM-Kenya ticket; the party split into two
factions, one with Raila and one with Musyoka, after weeks of tension. Both candidates ran for
President, however, official results placed Musyoka third behind Raila
and Kibaki with a significantly smaller proportion of the national
vote. Kibaki appointed Musyoka Vice-President on Janury 8th 2008.