Politicians' Children Taking Different Career Paths

  • Deputy President William Ruto (right) and his son, Nick Ruto, after he got admitted to the bar in 2019.
    Deputy President William Ruto (right) and his son, Nick Ruto, after he got admitted to the bar in 2019.
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  • It has been the norm of most politicians' children to continue the legacy and follow in their parents’ footsteps, but this trend appears to be dying a slow death.

    Raila Odinga and Oburu Odinga (Jaramogi Oginga Odinga), President Uhuru Kenyatta & sister Margaret Kenyatta (Mzee Jomo Kenyatta), Musalia Mudavadi (Moses Mudavadi) and many others, followed in the footsteps of their parents right into the political arena, but their children have chosen a different path - at least for now.

    Those who have tried to show interest, have done so halfheartedly, with most of their efforts drowning in the general political noise that is Kenyan politics.

    Kenyans.co.ke lists some of the politicians' children who have embodied a different career path; choosing their own independent paths that have nothing to do with politics.

    Ronald Kidero 

    Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero’s son Ronald Odhiambo Kidero is an astute businessman with an interest in petroleum products. His LinkedIn profile reads that he is the Senior Financial Analyst at East Africa Capital Partners.

    However, he recently made headlines after he was arrested and locked up at Gigiri police station for allegedly dealing in 40,000 litres of fuel which did not meet the Kenya Bureau of Standards specifications. The two-year-long protracted battle ended in December 2020 when the case was thrown out.

    Ronald Kidero
    Ronald Kidero
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    Ngina Kenyatta

    President Uhuru Kenyatta's daughter Ngina Kenyatta tends to shy away from the limelight, keeping her life low-key, while preferring to grace private and public events on a few occasions.

    The Head of State's daughter serves as a director at The Kenyatta Trust, which educates disadvantaged youth in academics, moral, spiritual, social, economic, and life skills through the provision of financial aid, in the form of continued scholarships and mentorship.

    Uhuru Kenyatta's sister Nyokabi Kenyatta Muthama also serves as a director in the organisation. Ngina has previously expressed her desire to see Kenyan children receive quality education after completing primary school.  

    “Through The Kenyatta Trust, we plan to bring up children who are not only equipped with the academic know-how but are well rounded in all aspects of life,” Ngina has stated in previous interviews. Ngina holds a degree in international relations and politics.

    A file image of Ngina Kenyatta
    A file image of Ngina Kenyatta
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    Kahush 

    Kahumburu Mutahi alias Kahush is the son of Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe and a Hip Hop rapper. He rose to fame after his track Mi Siwezi (I Can't) topped the airwaves and became a common vibe among most Kenyan youth.

    Kahush, who is also an IT student in Leicester, UK, develop an automated Lighting and Motion Sensor System which manages how much energy is used in the lighting of spaces around the house.

    Kahumburu Mutahi (Kahush), CS Mutahi Kagwe's son and Kenyan rap artist
    Kahumburu Mutahi (Kahush), CS Mutahi Kagwe's son and Kenyan rap artist
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    Klein Kalonzo alias K-Deuce

    He is popularly known as K-Deuce. The young man launched his music career in 2014. He is the son of former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka. Reports indicate that he set up his own studio dubbed Heart Beats Studios and hired famous music group, Camp Mulla's former producer, Kanyeria to work with him at the studio.

    Klein Kalonzo
    Klein Kalonzo
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    Nick Ruto

    Nick Ruto, the eldest son of Deputy President William Ruto, ventured into the legal profession, opting out of the political arena. The flamboyant lawyer was admitted to the bar by former Chief Justice David Maraga over a year ago.

    Not much is known about Nick, although reports previously had emerged about his interest in following in his father’s footsteps, and may throw his hat in the ring ahead of the 2022 General elections. 

    Deputy President William Ruto celebrates his son Nick's admission to the bar in 2019
    Deputy President William Ruto celebrates his son Nick's admission to the bar in 2019
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    Rosemary Odinga

    The eldest daughter of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Rosemary Odinga ventured into snail farming in what started out as a hobby in 2017. She veered off the ‘family business’ and opted for agriculture.

    In past interviews, she noted that her inspiration to begin snail farming came during a tour of Nigeria where she met former Nigerian president Olesegun Obasanjo, who is one of the biggest snail farmers in the country. Upon returning back to the country, she embarked on intense research and constructed a greenhouse in her 25-acre farm in Kiserian.

    Beginning with only 13 snails in 2017, Rosemary currently has over 3,000 snails and is able to ship them to high-end hotels where her main clients consist of expatriates and Kenyans of foreign origin.

    Rosemary Odinga with her father, ODM Party leader, Raila Odinga
    Rosemary Odinga with her father, ODM Party leader, Raila Odinga
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