Kiraitu Murungi Biography
Kiraitu Murungi is the first born of the Late Daniel M’Mwarania and Anjelika Kiajia. Born in South Imenti at the height of the Mau Mau struggle in the 1950s, Kiraitu grew up in the deprivation of a concentration camp. He is married to Priscilla K. Murungi and is the father to Nkatha, Mwenda, Makena and Anita Murungi. Kiraitu Murungi went to Kairiene and Kionyo Primary Schools before proceeding to Chuka High School, where he won the best student prize in 1971. He attended Alliance High School where he sat A’ Level examinations in 1973 and passed with 4 principals and 1 subsidiary. He joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Nairobi in 1974 and graduated in 1977 with an Upper Class Honours degree. Between 1977 and 1978 he studied at the Kenya School of Law. He graduated at the top of his class and won both the Best Law Student Prize and the Law Society of Kenya Prize for the best overall student in class of 1978.
Kiraitu Murungi taught as a lecturer at the Kenya School of Law between 1978 and 1980. In 1979, he took the Commonwealth Legal Drafting Course. Between 1980 and 1982, he studied for a Masters of Law degree (LL.M) in the Faculty of Law at the University of Nairobi. In 1990, while in exile, he studied for a second masters Degree at Harvard Law School, in Cambridge Massachusetts, USA. His areas of specialization include Constitutional Law, Human Rights and Democracy. Kiraitu Murungi founded the law firm ‘Kamau Kuria, Kiraitu & Ringera Advocates’ in Nairobi in 1980. As a practicing lawyer, Kiraitu Murungi specialized in Constitutional Law,Commercial Law & Civil Litigation. He handled several high profile cases both in the High Court and Court of Appeal.
Kiraitu Murungi Education Background
Started 1990 : Graduate Student of Havard Law School, in Cambridge Massachusetts, USA specializing in Constitutional Law, Human Rights and Democracy.
1980 – 1982 : Graduate Student of University of Nairobi, Masters of Law degree (LL.M) in the Faculty of Law
1977 – 1978 : Kenya School of Law ( He graduated at the top of his class and won both the Best Law Student Prize and the Law Society of Kenya Prize for the best overall student in class of 1978)
1974 – 1977 : Undergraduate Student of University of Nairobi (LLB)
1972 → 1973 : Secondary School Student of Alliance High School
1968 → 1971 : Secondary School Student of Chuka High School
1960 → 1967 : Primary Student of Kionyo Primary School
Kiraitu Murungi Proffessional Career
- Started 1984 : Lecturer Faculty of Law University of Nairobi
- Started 1980 : Partner of Kamau Kuria & Kiraitu Advocates
- Director of Center for Governance and Development
- Advocate of High Court of Kenya
- 1978 → 1979 : Lecturer at Kenya School of Law
Kiraitu Murungi Political Positions
Current Political Positions
Started 11th March 2013 : Senator for Meru of County
Started 8th February 2013 : Member of Alliance Party of Kenya (APK)
Started January 2013 : Party leader of Alliance Party of Kenya (APK)
Previous Political Positions
2008 → 4th March 2013 : Member of Parliament for South Imenti
2008 → January 2013 : Cabinet Minister of Energy
2007 → January 2013 : Member of Party of National Unity
2007 – 2013 : Member of Parliament for South Imenti
2006 → 2007 : Cabinet Minister of Energy
1992 → 2006 : Member of Forum For The Restoration Of Democracy
2003 → 2005 : Cabinet Minister Of Justice & Constitutional Affairs
2002 – 2007 : Member of Parliament for South Imenti
1998 → 2002 : Member of Parliament for South Imenti
1992 → 1997 : Member of Parliament for South Imenti
Kiraitu Murungi Political Career
In 1992, Kiraitu Murungi was elected as the Member of Parliament for South Imenti, a position he held continuously for 20 years until he was elected as the Senator for Meru in March 2013. Kiraitu was one of the leading lights in the struggle to liberate Kenyans from decades of KANU’s one party dictatorship. He was instrumental in the formation and management of various political parties, including FORD, Ford-Kenya,Safina, Democratic Party, NARC, NARC-KENYA, Party of National Unity (PNU), Alliance Party of Kenya (APK).
In 1997, Kiraitu served as the chairman of the Inter Parties Parliamentary Group (IPPG) Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Administrative reforms which liberated Kenyans from decades of oppressive colonial laws such as the chiefs Authority Act, Sedition and Detention without trial. Kiraitu has vast experience in coalition building and was one of the key leaders who spearheaded President Kibaki’s re-election campaign in 2007 as well as National Constitutional Referendum campaigns in 2005 and 2010.
Kiraitu has been involved in various grass-roots development initiatives in Kenya. He is a founder/chair of the Centre for Governance and Development (CGD) (1994). In 1995, Kiraitu founded the Coffee and Tea Parliamentary Association (COTEPA) which played a key role in introducing major reforms in both tea and coffee sectors for the benefit of tea and coffee farmers. As MP for South Imenti, Kiraitu formed the South Imenti Development Association (SIDA), SIFA-the South Imenti People’s Bank, SWODA-South Imenti Women Development Association, SYDP-South Imenti Youth Development Programme and the South Imenti Education Fund, as grassroots initiatives committed to empowering the people and uprooting the roots of poverty in South Imenti.
Between 2003 and 2005 Kiraitu served as a high profile Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs in the Kibaki government. As the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Kiraitu spearheaded comprehensive reforms in governance, justice, law and order sector through the Governance, Justice, Law and Order Sector (GJLOS) program. He was instrumental in carrying out the “Radical Surgery” of the judiciary, re-established the Anti-Corruption Authority and spearheaded the Bomas Constitutional Conference. Between 2006 and 2013 Kiraitu served as Minister for Energy in the Grand Coalition government. As Minister for Energy, Kiraitu introduced major reforms in the Energy sector. He is celebrated for bringing electricity to the people, especially those in the rural areas, at an affordable cost.
He established the Rural Electrification Authority through which connected most markets, secondary schools, health centres, boreholes and other public institutions in Kenya with electricity. Kiraitu also formed the Geothermal Development Company to intensify and accelerate geothermal electricity generation . Kiraitu encouraged international oil companies to undertake oil and gas exploration in the country and it is through his leadership that oil,coal and gas were discovered in Kenya . A detailed account of Kiraitu’s political experiences is contained in the Peter Kagwanja & Humphrey Ringera’s ‘Kiraitu Murungi An Odyssey in Kenyan Politics’ . Kenway publications Nairobi 2012.
In the 2013 general election he won the senatorial seat to be the Meru senator . Later in the 2017 general election he vied for gubernatorial seat where he won with majority votes beating the incumbent governor Munya to become the new governor elect of Meru county.
Kiraitu Murungi Family
Kiraitu Murungi Wife
Kiraitu Murungi is married to Priscilla K. Murungi
Kiraitu Murungi Children
Kiraitu Murungi is a staunch family man who is married to Priscilla K. Murungi and is the father to Nkatha, Mwenda, Makena and Anita Murungi
Kiraitu Murungi Wealth
Details on Kiraitu Murungi Wealth to be updated soon…
- He is a big fun of Rhumba music.
- He works out twice a week in the gym.
- He loves poetry and has authored a couple of poetic books.
- His childhood name was Tito Ikunda later renamed Kiraitu Murungi.
- He was born on new year the 1st of January.
- He is a staunch family man who is married to Priscilla Murungi and together they have four children.
- Apart from making South Imenti the most developed constituency in Kenya during his tenure as M.P, he also donated 500 hectares of his land at Mitunguu to hundreds of squatters from the neighboring Tharaka constituency. This was meant to promote peaceful coexistence between Tharaka and South Imenti constituencies.
- He once served as the shadow Attorney General of Kenya.
- He is a graduate of Harvard University where he studied with Barack Obama as his classmate when they were doing their masters in Law.
- His greatest achievements as Energy Minister was the discovery of oil in Turkana County and starting the rural electrification program which saw Kenya’s rural areas get connected to electricity.