Amos Muhinga Kimunya is a Member of Parliament representing Kipipiri Constituency in Nyandarua County. He is also the National Assembly Majority leader.
Kimunya has mastered the art of comebacks having captured, lost and then re-elected twice in Kipipiri in four elections spanning 15 years from 2002 to 2017.
The politician’s star in government has also followed the same path, glowing and dimming in equal measure. He was once Kenya’s Minister of Trade, Lands and Finance during President Kibaki’s tenure but resigned in 2008 after parliament passed a motion of no confidence in the way he handled the sale of the Grand Regency Hotel.
Kibaki reappointed Kimunya to the cabinet in 2009 after an independent commission cleared Kimunya of any wrongdoing.
2020 was one of Kimunya’s comeback years when he replaced Garissa MP Aden Duale as Majority Leader after President Uhuru moved to take control of the house and party by removing lawmakers allied to DP William Ruto.
Kimunya’s new job thrusts him back into the public limelight, but more importantly, he plays a critical role in the government and political agenda as President Uhuru’s point man in the National Assembly.
Instructively, he is at the forefront of pushing the BBI Bill through parliament with the role requiring him to provide leadership and build consensus across the floor of the house.