Top 100 Politicians 2021

  • Top 100 Kenyan Politicians 2021
    Top 100 Kenyan Politicians 2021
    Kenyans.co.ke
  • Tempus Fugit! The Latin exclamation for the speed at which time flies. Here in Kenya, we like to say - si ni juzi tu - in reference to the sands of time that is our lives. 

    It is particularly the case for those who follow Kenyan politics, hence the cliche phrase, a day in politics is a long time. 

    A year has passed since the Covid-19 pandemic arrived in Kenya - disrupting nearly every aspect of society. 

    Lives have been lost and livelihoods decimated over the past thirteen months. But even in those days, our team of reporters and editors have continued to adjust and deliver to our audience the most timely and accurate news stories of the day. 

    An important part of our work is to cover politicians who occupy positions of influence and report on their policies and even misdeeds as they seek to serve the public. 

    Our experience has taught us that politics do matter. One politician’s careless speech is enough to start a civil war. Another sloppy parliamentarian could be responsible for the high taxes that will see you pay more for your bread and fare to work. 

    In the same vein, having responsible leaders in positions of power has the potential to make sure your child gets free quality education and the next generation inherits good values. 

    Top 100 Kenyan Politicians is a project by Kenyans.co.ke to highlight and inform Kenyans of the most influential politicians in the country. 

    In ranking the top Kenyan politicians, we considered a number of factors such as popularity, experience, and the office or position of office that grants each politician political power. 

    More importantly, we endeavoured to have the ranking place significant weight on each individual’s contribution to society. 

    This may explain why Governors such as Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana and Kakamega’s Wycliffe Oparanya were ranked higher than some of their colleagues who get more national media coverage. 

    The two have shown that beyond the noise of partisanship and sycophancy, political power can positively transform society and even generations. 

    Under Kibwana’s leadership, Makueni has gotten an unqualified auditor general’s report in a country where misappropriation of funds is the order of the day. Multiple reports reviewed by our team of reporters found that Makueni, Kakamega, and Kisumu had been ranked as the best utilisers of public funds among the devolved units. 

    Kenyan politics can be an unfair playing field because it is expensive and balkanized and here we found some Kenyans who have had little success in their political career but in their own small ways, have helped protect the public interest.

    We highlight them so that Kenyans can see their potential and compare their records with those who have dominated political power with less consideration for merit. 

    While recognising our role to inform and celebrate those political leaders who seek out to protect the public interest, we are alive to the realities we live in. As a media house, we not only show what Kenyan can be but also what it is and play the role of the society’s mirror in a fair and honest manner. 

    Thus, there are names that would be disagreeable to a section of Kenyans but we are confident our list is a balanced ranking of the Top 100 Kenyan politicians for the year 2021. 

    Memoriam

    Our list also paid tribute to fallen politicians who left behind a legacy of service and contribution to our political development. The Memoriam section includes Senator Yusuf Haji - a prolific figure whose role in fostering peace in the North-Eastern Region and in Somalia will outlast him for years.

    We remember Simeon Nyachae who served the country in different roles including as Provincial Commissioner (PC), Head of Public Service, MP, Parliamentarian, Presidential Candidate and Cabinet Minister in various dockets.

    Salute to Boniface Kabaka whose promising political career was cut short when he died only three years into his first term as Machakos Senator. We honour Joe Nyaga for his many years in public service and contribution to our politics, as well as John Nyagarama who served as the first Governor of Nyamira until his death in December 2020.

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  • 1
    President Uhuru Kenyatta
    Uhuru Kenyatta is the President of the Republic of Kenya and the leader of Jubilee Party. He is the son of the founding President Jomo Kenyatta… Read More
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    DP William Ruto
    William Ruto is the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya and the Deputy Chairman of the ruling Jubilee Party. Ruto joined the University of… Read More
  • 3
    Raila Odinga
    Raila Odinga is the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga of Kenya - and opposition leader.  Raila attended Kisumu Union Primary, then Maranda High… Read More
  • 4
    Kivutha Kibwana
    Kivutha Kibwana is the Governor of Makueni County and the party leader of the Muungano Party.  He is also a professional lawyer, with a Bachelor… Read More
  • 5
    Wycliffe Oparanya
    Oparanya is the current governor of Kakamega County serving his last term after being reelected in 2017. He is also the immediate former… Read More
  • 6
    Anyang’ Nyong’o
    He is the current governor of Kisumu County, serving his first term after being elected into office via an ODM ticket in 2017.  The former MP of… Read More
  • 7
    Musalia Mudavadi
    Musalia Mudavadi is a Kenya politician who served as the seventh Vice President of Kenya during Mzee Moi Regime and is the chairman of the Amani… Read More
  • 8
    Kalonzo Musyoka
    Kalonzo Musyoka is the chairman of the Wiper Democratic Movement. Kalonzo studied at Kitui High School, Meru School and later went to the… Read More
  • 9
    Gideon moi
    Gideon Kipsiele Moi is the Senator for Baringo County and the Chairman of the independence Party – Kanu. He is the last born child of Kenya's… Read More
  • 10
    Martha Karua
    Martha Karua is former MP for Gichugu Constituency and is an Advocate of the High Court. She attended  Kabare Girls Boarding School before… Read More
  • 11
    Alfred Mutua
    Mutua is the governor of Machakos County since 2013 and the Party Leader of Maendeleo Chap Chap.  The former Government Spokesperson has a BA in… Read More
  • 12
    Kiraitu Murungi is the governor of Meru County
    Kiraitu Murungi is the incumbent governor of Meru County having been elected in 2017 on a Jubilee ticket. He also served as a Member of… Read More
  • 13
    Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria
    Kuria was first elected as the Gatundu South MP unopposed in the 2013 general elections following the death of Hon. Jossy Ngugi who had been… Read More
  • 14
    Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo
    Odhiambo was first nominated by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) in 2007. She would later be elected as the Suba North MP in 2013. Since her… Read More
  • 15
    Johnson Sakaja is the Senator of Nairobi County
    Johnson Sakaja is the current Senator of Nairobi County, following his election to the position on 8 August 2017 General Election in Kenya. He… Read More
  • 16
    Moses Wetangula
    Moses Wetangula is a Kenyan politician currently serving as Bungoma County senator and is a former Minority Leader in the Senate.  He also… Read More
  • 17
    Mwangi wa Iria
    Mwangi wa Iria is the first and current governor of Murang’a County and former Vice Chairman of the Council of Governors, a position he held… Read More
  • 18
    Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen is currently one of the most recognizable politicians in the country,
    Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen is currently one of the most recognizable politicians in the country, having established himself as… Read More
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    Siaya Senator and Senate Minority leader James Orengo is a respected lawyer having earned the title of Senior Counsel.
    Siaya Senator and Senate Minority leader James Orengo is a respected lawyer having earned the title of Senior Counsel. He has been known as a… Read More
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    Alice Muthoni Wahome is a Member of Parliament for Kandara Constituency.
    Alice Muthoni Wahome is a Member of Parliament for Kandara Constituency. She was first elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2017.  Alice attended… Read More
  • 21
    Martin Wambora
    He is the governor of Embu County, a seat he won on a TNA (The National Alliance) ticket in 2013 and successfully defended via the Jubilee… Read More
  • 22
    Susan  Kihika is the Nakuru Senator
    Susan  Kihika is the Nakuru Senator having been elected in 2017. Prior to that, she served as the first female speaker of Nakuru County Assembly… Read More
  • 23
    Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu
    The lawmaker has been a member of the parliament of Nyeri Town since 2017.  He is the vice chairman for the Education and Research Committee and… Read More
  • 24
    Aisha Jumwa is the Member of Parliament for Malindi.
    Aisha Jumwa is the Member of Parliament for Malindi. Her name has become almost like a permanent fixture in the media - over a number of issues… Read More
  • 25
    Francis Atwoli
    The world trade leader is the Secretary-General of the Central Organisation Trade Union (COTU), a position he has held since 2001.  He is also… Read More
  • 26
    Ali Roba is the governor of Mandera County.
    Governor Ali Roba is the first governor of Mandera County after being elected in 2013 on a United Republic Party ticket. He was re-elected for… Read More
  • 27
    Kieni MP Kanini Kega
    He is the Member of the National Assembly for Kieni and a close ally of President Uhuru Kenyatta. Kega was on February 2021 elected to chair the… Read More
  • 28
    Wilson Sossion
    Wilson Sossion is a nominated Member of Parliament who joined the National Assembly through ODM representing workers’ interest. He is also the… Read More
  • 29
    Anne Waiguru
    Anne Waiguru is the Governor of Kirinyaga County. Born in 1972, Waiguru joined Nairobi River Primary School before heading to Precious Blood… Read More
  • 30
    Irungu Kang'ata is the Senator for Murang'a County, and the former Senate Majority Chief Whip.
    Irungu Kang'ata is the Senator for Murang'a County, and the former Senate Majority Chief Whip. He was a beneficiary of the Jubilee purge in 2020… Read More
  • 31
    Hassan Joho
    Ali Hassan Joho is the governor of Mombasa County and the Deputy Party Leader of the Orange Democratic Party (ODM).  Joho is currently serving… Read More
  • 32
    Charity Ngilu
    Charity Kaluki Ngilu is the current Kitui County Governor. She is one of the three women governors that were elected as governors in the 2017… Read More
  • 33
    Joseph Ole Lenku is the governor of Kajiado County
    The 50-year-old politician is the second governor of Kajiado County after winning the 2017 General elections.  Lenku served as the Cabinet… Read More
  • 34
    Kimani Wamatangi
    Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi also serves as the Senate Majority Whip, a position he was elected to in February 2021. He replaced Murang’a… Read More
  • 35
    Sabina Wanjiru Chege is the Woman Representative for Murang'a
    Sabina Wanjiru Chege is currently in the Kenya National Assembly as the woman representative for Murang'a County. Sabina Wanjiru Chege attended… Read More
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    Lee Kinyanjui is the governor of Nakuru County.
    The incumbent governor of Nakuru County, Lee Kinyanjui clinched the seat on a Jubilee ticket in the 2017 General elections after unsuccessfully… Read More
  • 37
    Justin Muturi
    Justin Bedan Njoka Muturi, also known as JB Muturi, is the 7th Speaker of the Kenyan National Assembly, but the first and current speaker, since… Read More
  • 38
    Rachel Shebesh
    Rachel Shebesh, born Rachel Wambui Wainaina, is a Kenyan politician who served as Nairobi Woman Representative between 2013 and 2017. Rachel… Read More
  • 39
    Edwin Sifuna
    Edwin Sifuna is a Nairobi-based lawyer and politician who currently serves as the Secretary General of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM). He… Read More
  • 40
    Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo
    He is currently the Member of National Assembly, Rarieda Constituency. He is also a reputable advocate of the Kenyan High Court. Other than… Read More
  • 41
    Caleb Kositany is the current Member of Parliament for Soy Constituency
    Caleb Kositany is the current Member of Parliament for Soy Constituency. Kositany was replaced as Jubilee Deputy Secretary-General, and his… Read More
  • 42
    Beatrice Elachi
    Beatrice Kedeveresia Elachi is a Kenyan politician who served as the Speaker of the Nairobi County Assembly between September 2017 and August… Read More
  • 43
    Mutula Kilonzo Junior is the current Senator for Makueni County and an advocate of the High court of Kenya.
    Mutula Kilonzo Junior is the current Senator for Makueni County and an advocate of the High court of Kenya. He was elected as the second Senator… Read More
  • 44
    Amos Wako
    Amos Wako is a Kenyan politician and Senior Counsel who was born in 1946 in Bukhayo, Busia District. He is a former Attorney General and the… Read More
  • 45
    Junet Mohamed
    Junet Mohamed is a Kenyan politician and is the current Member of Parliament for Suna East in Migori County.  He is also serving as the National… Read More
  • 46
    Nominated senator Millicent Omanga
    Embattled nominated senator Millicent Omanga is on the verge of losing her senatorial seat following expulsions proceedings by the Jubilee Party… Read More
  • 47
    Ledama Ole Kina is a Kenyan politician who serves as the Senator for Narok County.
    Ledama Ole Kina is a Kenyan politician who serves as the Senator for Narok County. Olekina was elected on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM)… Read More
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    Boniface Khalwale
    Boniface “Boni” Khalwale is a Kenyan politician who served as Kakamega between 2013 and 2017. Khalwale was born in Malinya village on August 5,… Read More
  • 49
    Raphael Tuju
    Raphael Tuju was first elected to parliament in 2002 representing Rarieda constituency until 2007. During this period, Tuju served as the… Read More
  • 50
    Wavinya Ndeti
    Wavinya is a Kenyan politician from Machakos County. She joined politics in 2007 as the Member of Parliament for Kathiani Constituency under the… Read More
  • 51
    Peter Kenneth is a Kenyan politician
    Peter Kenneth is a Kenyan politician who previously served as Member of Parliament for Gatanga Constituency between 2002 and 2013.  He also… Read More
  • 52
    Mukhisa Kituyi
    Mukhisa Kituyi, is the immediate former UNCTAD Secretary-General and a seasoned politician. Kituyi served in the position for seven years having… Read More
  • 53
    Oscar Sudi is the MP for Kapseret
    Oscar Kipchumba Sudi is a Kenyan politician who is the current member of parliament for Kapseret constituency - having been elected on a Jubilee… Read More
  • 54
    Gladys Wanga
    Gladys Atieno Nyasuna Wanga is the Woman Representative for Homa Bay County, a position she has occupied since 2013. The vocal ODM politician… Read More
  • 55
    Mike Sonko
    Mike Mbuvi Sonko, also known as Mbuvi Gidion Kioko among other aliases, is a Kenyan politician who served as the second Governor of Nairobi… Read More
  • 56
    Miguna Miguna is a Kenyan lawyer
    Miguna Miguna is a Kenyan lawyer, an author and a politician who is living in forced exile in Canada. He holds a Political Science and… Read More
  • 57
    Cleophas Malala is the current senator for Kakamega County
    Cleophas Malala is a Kenyan politician and the current  senator for Kakamega County. He sat for his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education at… Read More
  • 58
    Amason Kingi
    Amason Kingi is the first and current governor of Kilifi County. He was elected to office in 2013 and successfully defended his seat in 2017 via… Read More
  • 59
    Jackson Mandago is the Governor of Uasin Gishu county.
    Jackson Mandago is a Kenyan politician who serves as the first Governor of Uasin Gishu county having been elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2017… Read More
  • 60
    Aden Duale
    Aden Duale is a Member of Parliament (MP) representing Garissa Township Constituency in Garissa County. He is a graduate student of the Jomo… Read More
  • 61
    Mwangi Festus Kiunjuri is a Kenyan politician
    Mwangi Festus Kiunjuri is a Kenyan politician who has served in various capacities in the government.  Kiunjuri is a teacher by profession… Read More
  • 62
    Josphat Nanok
    Nanok is the current governor of Turkana County and a member of the ODM party. He was elected to the office via the party ticket in 2017 - and… Read More
  • 63
    Anne Kananu is the incumbent Nairobi Deputy Governor
    Anne Kananu is the incumbent Nairobi Deputy Governor - a position she took over in January 2021 having remained vacant for three years. She… Read More
  • 64
    Samuel Poghisio is a member of KANU and currently serving as a Senator representing West Pokot County
    Samuel Losuron Poghisio is a Kenyan politician who has served this country in different political positions since 1988.  He joined parliament in… Read More
  • 65
    Imran Okoth is the current MP for Kibra Constituency
    Benard Otieno Okoth is a Member of Parliament of Kenya, representing Kibra Constituency, Nairobi County. Imran was elected in November 2019 as a… Read More
  • 66
    Timothy Wanyonyi
    Timothy Wanyonyi is the Member of Parliament for Westlands Constituency. He was born in Mukwheya, Bungoma District. He is also the founder of… Read More
  • 67
    Evans Odhiambo Kidero
    Evans Odhiambo Kidero is a Kenyan Businessman and a politician who served as the first Governor of Nairobi between 2013 and 2017.  He is a… Read More
  • 68
    Isaac Mwaura is a nominated senator representing persons with disabilities in The Senate.
    Isaac Mwaura is a nominated senator representing persons living with disabilities in Parliament and has helped increase their visibility in… Read More
  • 69
    Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati
    Arati is the current Member of Parliament for Dagoretti North. The lawmaker's political career started in 2007, when he contested for the… Read More
  • 70
    Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro
    The Kiharu MP threw his hat in politics in 2017 under the Jubilee party ticket, winning the seat with a landslide, against his competitor.… Read More
  • 71
    Nyali MP Mohammed Ali
    Ali is a first time Member of Parliament who clinched the seat under an independent ticket. Initially, he wanted to vie for the Nyali seat with… Read More
  • 72
    John Mbadi is the current Suba Constituency Member of Parliament after being elected on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket.
    John Mbadi is the current Suba Constituency Member of Parliament after being elected on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket. He also… Read More
  • 73
    Catherine Waruguru
    Catherine Waruguru is the Laikipia County Women Representative, a seat she won in the 2017 General Elections. Before that, she was a Member of… Read More
  • 74
    Mishi Mboko Likoni
    Mishi Mboko Juma Khamisi is a Member of Parliament representing Likoni Constituency. She trounced former MP Masudi Mwahima in the 2017 elections… Read More
  • 75
    Purity Wangui Ngirici is the Kirinyaga Woman Representative
    Purity Wangui Ngirici is the Kirinyaga Woman Representative elected on a Jubilee party ticket. Ngirici who has a bachelor's degree in commerce… Read More
  • 76
    Bundotich Zedekiah Kiprop
    Bundotich Zedekiah Kiprop, popularly known as Buzeki, is a Kenyan politician and businessman.  He made his way into politics when he competed… Read More
  • 77
    David Murathe
    David Wakairu Murathe is the Jubilee Party Vice Chairman and the former Member of Parliament for Gatanga. The outspoken and combative politician… Read More
  • 78
    Joash Maangi is the Deputy Governor of Kisii County.
    Joash Maangi is the Deputy Governor of Kisii County. Maangi graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Nairobi and obtained… Read More
  • 79
    Benson Mutura is the speaker of the Nairobi County Assembly
    Benson Mutura Kangara is the speaker of the Nairobi County Assembly. He was unanimously elected as the Speaker of Nairobi County Assembly after… Read More
  • 80
    Samson Ongeri is the Senator for Kisii County.
    Samson Ongeri is the incumbent Senator for Kisii County. He was first elected to Parliament as Nyaribari MP in 1988 and was a member until 1992… Read More
  • 81
    Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa
    Ichungwa was first elected as the Kikuyu MP under the TNA party ticket in 2013. He retained his seat in August 2017 under the Jubilee party,… Read More
  • 82
    Kenneth Lusaka is the second and the current speaker of the Kenyan Senate.
    Kenneth Lusaka is the second and the current speaker of the Kenyan Senate. Previously, he served as the 1st Governor of Bungoma County in Kenya… Read More
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    Prof Margaret Kamar
    Prof Margaret Kamar is a Kenyan politician and scholar who is serving as the Senator for Uasin Gishu County and the Deputy Speaker of the Senate… Read More
  • 84
    Johnson Muthama
    Johnson Nduya Muthama is a Kenyan politician who served as Machakos Senator between 2013 and 2017.  Muthama was born on October 20, 1954, to a… Read More
  • 85
    Boniface Mwangi is a Kenyan Photojournalist
    Boniface Mwangi is a Kenyan Photojournalist, politician and activist. He is majorly involved in social-political activism.  He is the co-founder… Read More
  • 86
    South Mugirango MP Silvanus Osoro
    He is a prominent politician who serves as the South Mugirango MP. Osoro is one who rose from a street boy in Nairobi to an influential… Read More
  • 87
    Gladys Jepkirui Boss Shollei is the current Woman Rep of Uasin Gishu County
    Gladys Jepkirui Boss Shollei is the current Woman representative for Uasin Gishu county. Shollei studied for a Bachelor of Laws degree from the… Read More
  • 88
    Kimani Ngunjiri
    Onesmus Ngunjiri Kimani is a Member of Parliament representing Bahati Constituency in Nakuru County. He is a member of the Departmental… Read More
  • 89
    Ole Sankok
    David Ole Sankok is a nominated Member of Parliament representing People with Disabilities from 2017. Previously, he was the Chairman of the… Read More
  • 90
    Amos Kimunya
    Amos Muhinga Kimunya is a Member of Parliament representing Kipipiri Constituency in Nyandarua County. He is also the National Assembly Majority… Read More
  • 91
    Ferdinand Waititu
    Ferdinand Waititu Baba Yao, alias Clifford Ndungu Wainaina is a Kenya politician who served as the second Governor of Kiambu County. Waititu… Read More
  • 92
    Margaret Wanjiru
    Margaret Wanjiru Kariuki is a televangelist and Nairobi-based politician. Wanjiru served as Starehe MP and Assistant Minister for Housing… Read More
  • 93
    Esther Muthoni Passaris is the Nairobi County Woman Representative
    Esther Muthoni Passaris is the Nairobi County Woman Representative in the bicameral Kenyan parliament. She is also a member of the Orange… Read More
  • 94
    Isaac Ruto is a Kenyan politician.
    Isaac Ruto is a Kenyan politician hailing from the Rift Valley Region. He studied political science at the University of Nairobi.  Ruto joined… Read More
  • 95
    William Kabogo
    William Kabogo Gitau is a Kenyan politician who served as the first governor of Kiambu. Kabogo was born in Ruiru on April 4, 1961. He attended… Read More
  • 96
    Kithure Kindiki is currently the senator for Tharaka Nithi County.
    Abraham Kithure Kindiki was born in 1973 in Irunduni village in Mukothima Ward in Tharaka Nithi County. He is currently the senator for Tharaka… Read More
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    Nicholas Kiptoo Korir Salat
    Nicholas Kiptoo Korir Salat is a Kenyan politician who is currently the Secretary-General of the independence party  Kenya African National… Read More
  • 98
    Senator Fatuma Dullo is the current Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate.
    Senator Fatuma Dullo is the current Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate. She is the first elected female Senator for Isiolo County.  At 23… Read More
  • 99
    Hassan Omar
    Hassan Omar Hassan Sarai is a Kenyan politician who served as Mombasa Senator between 2013 and 2017.  Sarai was born in Mombasa on October 23,… Read More
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    Agnes Kavindu Muthama
    Agnes Kavindu Muthama is a Kenyan politician who currently serves as Machakos Senator. She is also the ex-wife to former Machakos senator… Read More