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List of notable or famous politicians from Kenya, with bios and photos, including the top politicians born in Kenya and even some popular politicians who immigrated to Kenya.

List of notable or famous politicians from Kenya, with bios and photos, including the top politicians born in Kenya and even some popular politicians who immigrated to Kenya. You might also be interested in fun facts about Kenyan politician Barack Obama Sr. and the most likable politicians from all over the world. If you’re trying to find out the names of famous Kenyan politicians then this list is the perfect resource for you. These politicians are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known politician from Kenya is included when available.

List features famous Kenyans of politics like Wangari Maathai, Raila Odinga, and many more. This historic politicians from Kenya list can help answer the questions “Who are some Kenyan politicians of note?” and “Who are the most famous politicians from Kenya?” These prominent politicians of Kenya may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they’re all respected Kenyan politicians.Use this list of renowned Kenyan politicians to discover some new politicians that you aren’t familiar with. Don’t forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page.

Barack Obama Sr. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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1Barack Obama Sr.

Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. was a Kenyan senior governmental economist and the father of U.S. President Barack Obama. He is a central figure of his son’s memoir, Dreams from My Father. Obama married in 1954 and had two children with his first wife, Kezia. He was selected for a special program to attend college in the United States, where he went to the University of Hawaii. There, Obama met Stanley Ann Dunham, whom he married in 1961 and divorced three years later, after having a son, Barack II, named after him. The elder Obama later went to Harvard University for graduate school, where he earned an M.A. in economics, and returned to Kenya in 1964. Later that year, Obama married Ruth Beatrice …more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 46 (1936-1982)

Birthplace: Nyang’oma Kogelo, Kenya

Daniel arap Moi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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2Daniel arap Moi

Daniel Toroitich arap Moi is a former Kenyan politician who served as the second President of Kenya from 1978 to 2002. He removed Kikuyu ministers and replaced them with ministers from his own Kalenjin tribe. He was forced to allow multiparty elections in 1992. Prior to 1978, he served as the third Vice President of Kenya from 1967 to 1978. Moi is popularly known to Kenyans as “Nyayo”, a Swahili word for “footsteps”, as he often said he was following in the footsteps of the first President. He also earned the sobriquet “Professor of Politics” due to his long rule of 24 years. …more on Wikipedia

Age: 94

Birthplace: Sacho, Kenyasee more on Daniel arap Moi

Elijah Lagat is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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3Elijah Lagat

Elijah Kiptarbei Lagat was born and raised in Saniak Village in Nandi District. He was the winner of the 104th running of the Boston Marathon held in 2000. He won in the closest finish in the race’s history when he edged out Gezahgne Abera of Ethiopia and fellow Kenyan and previous year’s champion, Moses Tanui. Abera and Lagat were both clocked at 2 hours 9 minutes and 47 seconds while Tanui finished three seconds back. Lagat’s win enabled the Kenyans to capture the individual men’s Boston Marathon title for the 10th straight year. This is a record that still stands. …more on Wikipedia

Age: 52

Birthplace: Kenya

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Grace Ogot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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4Grace Ogot

Grace Ogot was a Kenyan author, nurse, journalist, politician and diplomat. Together with Charity Waciuma she is the first Anglophone female Kenyan writer to be published. …more on Wikipedia

Age: 88

Birthplace: Kenyasee more on Grace Ogot

Jomo Kenyatta is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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5Jomo Kenyatta

Jomo Kenyatta was the leader of Kenya from independence in 1963 to his death in 1978, serving first as Prime Minister and then as President. He is considered the founding father of the Kenyan nation. Kenyatta was a well-educated intellectual who authored several books, and is remembered as a Pan-Africanist. He is also the father of Kenya’s fourth and current President, Uhuru Kenyatta. Numerous institutions and locations are named after Kenyatta, including Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi’s main street and main streets in many Kenyan cities and towns, numerous schools, two universities, the country’s main referral hospital, marke… …more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 89 (1889-1978)

Birthplace: Gatundu, Kenyasee more on Jomo Kenyatta

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Josiah Mwangi Kariuki was a Kenyan socialist politician during the administration of the Jomo Kenyatta government. He held different government positions from 1963, when Kenya became an independent country to 1975, when he was assassinated. He left behind three wives and many children. He was popularly known as “JM”. …more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 46 (1929-1975)

Birthplace: Kenyasee more on Josiah Mwangi Kariuki

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Koigi wa Wamwere is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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7Koigi wa Wamwere

Koigi wa Wamwere is a Kenyan politician, human rights activist, journalist and writer. Koigi became famous for opposing both the Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel arap Moi regimes, both of which sent him to detention. …more on Wikipedia

Age: 69

Birthplace: Kenyasee more on Koigi wa Wamwere

Mwai Kibaki is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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8Mwai Kibaki

Mwai Kibaki, C.G.H. is a Kenyan politician. He was the third President of Kenya, serving from December 2002 to April 2013. Kibaki was previously Vice-President of Kenya for ten years from 1978 to 1988 under President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi. He also held cabinet ministerial positions in the Kenyatta and Moi governments, including a widely acclaimed stint as Minister for Finance under Kenyatta, and Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Health under Moi. Kibaki also served as an opposition Member of Parliament from 1992 up to his election in 2002 after his two unsuccessful bids for the presidency in 1992 and 1997. He served as the Leader of Official Opposition in Kenya’s Parliament from… …more on Wikipedia

Age: 87

Birthplace: Gatuyaini, Kenya

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Najib Balala is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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9Najib Balala

Najib Balala is a Kenyan politician and former Minister for Tourism, and the immediate former M.P. for Mvita Constituency. Balala is the party leader of The Republican Congress Party of Kenya a partner of the Jubilee Coalition. …more on Wikipedia

Age: 51

Birthplace: Mombasa, Kenyasee more on Najib Balala

Nicholas Biwott is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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10Nicholas Biwott

Kipyator Nicholas Kiprono arap Biwott is a Kenyan businessman, politician and philanthropist. Biwott has served as a civil servant, Member of Parliament and government minister, during which time he has held eight senior ministerial positions, worked alongside Kenya’s first three presidents – Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki – and with many significant public figures in post independence Kenya, including Bruce McKenzie and Tom Mboya. …more on Wikipedia

Age: 79

Birthplace: Rift Valley Province, Kenya

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Richard Leakey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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11Richard Leakey

Richard Erskine Frere Leakey is a Kenyan politician, paleoanthropologist and conservationist. He is second of the three sons of the archaeologists Louis Leakey and Mary Leakey, and is the younger half-brother of Colin Leakey. …more on Wikipedia

Age: 74

Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenyasee more on Richard Leakey

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Wangari Maathai is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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12Wangari Maathai

Wangari Muta Maathai was a Kenyan environmental and political activist. She was educated in the United States at Mount St. Scholastica and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the University of Nairobi in Kenya. In the 1970s, Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, an environmental non-governmental organization focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, and women’s rights. …more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 71 (1940-2011)

Birthplace: Tetu, Kenyasee more on Wangari Maathai

Raila Odinga is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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13Raila Odinga

Raila Amolo Odinga, also popularly known to his supporters as Agwambo, Tinga, Baba, RAO, and Jakom is a Kenyan politician hugely regarded by many as the father of democracy in Kenya owing to his pro-democracy political engagements. He was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Langata in 1992, served as Minister of Energy from 2001 to 2002 and as Minister of Roads, Public Works, and Housing from 2003 to 2005. He was the main opposition candidate in the 2007 presidential election. Following a violent post-electoral crisis, Odinga took office as Prime Minister in April 2008,serving as supervisor and coordinator of a national unity coalition government. He came in second in Kenya’s 2013 … …more on Wikipedia

Age: 74

Birthplace: Kenya, Africa, Masenosee more on Raila Odinga

Uhuru Kenyatta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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14Uhuru Kenyatta

Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta is the fourth and the current President of Kenya, in office since 9 April 2013. He previously served in the Government of Kenya as Minister for Local Government from 2001 to 2002, and he was leader of the official opposition from 2002 to 2007; subsequently he was Deputy Prime Minister from 2008 to 2013. He served as the Member of Parliament for Gatundu South Constituency beginning in 2002. Kenyatta was also Chairman of Kenya African National Union, which was a part of the Party of National Unity. …more on Wikipedia

Age: 57

Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenyasee more on Uhuru Kenyatta

William Ruto is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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15William Ruto

William Samoei arap Ruto is a Kenyan politician who has been Deputy President of Kenya since 2013. He served as the Acting President of Kenya between 5 and 8 October 2014 while President Uhuru Kenyatta was away at the Hague. He previously served in various ministerial positions including the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Higher Education. He was Secretary General of KANU, the former ruling political party, and MP for Eldoret North Constituency between December 1997 and January 2013. He won the seat in the 1997 Kenyan election after defeating Reuben Chesire. He was appointed to the position of Assistant Minister in the Office of the President by President Daniel arap Moi in 1998. He… …more on Wikipedia

Age: 52

Birthplace: Uasin Gishu County, Kenyasee more on William Ruto

Mike Sonko is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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16Mike Sonko

Kalonzo Musyoka is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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17Kalonzo Musyoka

Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka is a Kenyan politician who was Vice-President of Kenya from 2008 to 2013. Musyoka served in the government under President Daniel arap Moi and was Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1993 until 1998; subsequently, under President Mwai Kibaki, he was Minister of Foreign Affairs again from 2003 to 2004, then Minister of the Environment from 2004 to 2005. He was an unsuccessful candidate in the 2007 presidential election, after which he was appointed as Vice-President by Kibaki in January 2008. Musyoka is the party leader of the Wiper Democratic Movement. He also serves as Chief Commissioner for The Kenya Scouts Association. …more on Wikipedia

Age: 65

Birthplace: British Kenya

Evans Kidero is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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18Evans Kidero

Evans Odhiambo Kidero is a Kenyan politician and current Governor of Nairobi County. He served as CEO of Mumias Sugar Company for 8 years, resigning in 2012 to join elective politics. …more on Wikipedia

Age: 61

Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

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Peter Kenneth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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19Peter Kenneth

Peter Kenneth is a Kenyan politician. He hails from Kirwara Sub-location of Gatanga Constituency in Murang’a County, Kenya. …more on Wikipedia

Age: 53

Birthplace: Kenya

Musalia Mudavadi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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20Musalia Mudavadi

Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi is a Kenyan politician, formerly serving as Deputy Prime Minister and was an unsuccessful presidential hopeful under the United Democratic Forum Party after decamping from the Orange Democratic Movement led by the prime minister Raila Odinga where before his resignation he served as the Deputy party leader.He was third placed in the Kenyan general election 2013. …more on Wikipedia

Age: 58

Birthplace: Sabatia Constituency

Hassan Ali Joho is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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21Hassan Ali Joho

Hassan Ali Joho is a Kenyan politician. He belongs to the Orange Democratic Movement and was elected to represent the Kisauni Constituency in the National Assembly of Kenya during the Kenyan parliamentary election, 2007. On March 4th 2013, during the general election, Joho was elected as the first governor of Mombasa County.…more on Wikipedia

Age: 42

Birthplace: Mombasa, Kenya

Moses Wetangula is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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22Moses Wetangula

Moses Masika Wetangula was the Kenyan Senate Minority Leader and Senator for Bungoma County. He previously served as the Minister for Trade and Minister for Foreign Affairs. He represented Sirisia Constituency in the National Assembly from February 2003 until January 2013. …more on Wikipedia

Age: 62

Birthplace: Western Province, Kenya

Alfred Mutua is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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23Alfred Mutua

Dr Alfred Nganga Mutua was the 1st Official Kenyan Government Spokesperson and Public Communications Secretary. He resigned in September 2012 to vie for the position of Governor for Machakos. He went on to win the election with 71% of the vote. He was born in Masii, Machakos County and is married with several children. He has lived, studied and worked in Kenya, USA, Australia and the United Arab Emirates and has been a business man, lecturer, civil servant and politician. …more on Wikipedia

Age: 48

Birthplace: Machakos County, Kenya

Amina Mohamed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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24Amina Mohamed

Amina C. Mohamed Jibril is a Somali-Kenyan lawyer, diplomat and politician. She previously served as Chairwoman of the International Organization for Migration and the World Trade Organisation’s General Council, as well as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme. As of 20 May 2013, she is the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Kenya. …more on Wikipedia

Age: 57

Birthplace: British Kenya

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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25Jaramogi Oginga Odinga

Jaramogi Ajuma Oginga Odinga was a Luo chieftain who became a prominent figure in Kenya’s struggle for independence. He later served as Kenya’s first Vice-President, and thereafter as opposition leader. Odinga’s son Raila Odinga is the former Prime Minister, and another son, Oburu Odinga, is a former Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Finance. …more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 83 (1911-1994)

Birthplace: Bondo, Kenya

Gideon Moi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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26Gideon Moi

Gideon Moi is a Kenyan politician. He is the youngest son of Kenya’s second president, Daniel arap Moi, and Lena Moi. Gideon Moi is the current Senator of Baringo County having been elected with a landslide win of over 80% trouncing his opponent Rev Jackson Kosgei. He is also the Chairman of Independence Party the Kenya Africa National Union. He is preceded as Party Chairman by Presidents Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel arap Moi and the current President, Uhuru Kenyatta. Gideon’s primary school education was at the elite Kenton College Preparatory School. He was one of 24 students enrolled to attend Strathmore College when it opened its doors to secondary school students in 1977. He would remain there……more on Wikipedia

Age: 55

Birthplace: Kenya

Bonny Khalwale is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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27Bonny Khalwale

Boni Khalwale is a Kenyan politician, the Senator for Kakamega County and a former Medical Officer. He was chair of the Parliamentary Accounts Committee in the 10th Kenyan Parliament, where he made a reputation for leading censure motions against high profile cabinet ministers. He was educated at Kakamega School. His election as an MP in the Kenyan parliamentary election, 2007 was nullified in February 2011. Dr Boni Khalwale won back his Ikolomani seat on the 23rd May 2011, beating off a strong challenge from the Orange Democratic Movement, the dominant party in the region. Voters in Ikolomani handed New Ford Kenya’s Dr Khalwale 13,208 votes, followed closely by Mr Bernard Shinali of ODM wit… …more on Wikipedia

Age: 58

Birthplace: British Kenya

Tom Mboya is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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28Tom Mboya

Thomas Joseph Odhiambo “Tom” Mboya was a Kenyan nationalist leader who spearheaded the negotiations for Kenya’s independence from Britain. He was founder of the Nairobi People’s Congress Party, a key figure in the formation of the Kenya African National Union, and the Minister of Economic Planning and Development at the time of his death. Mboya was assassinated on 5 July 1969 in Nairobi. …more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 39 (1930-1969)

Birthplace: Thika, Kenya

Ngina Kenyatta is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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29Ngina Kenyatta

Ngina Kenyatta, popularly known as “Mama Ngina”, is former First Lady of Kenya. She is the widow of the country’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta, and also the mother of President Uhuru Kenyatta. …more on Wikipedia

Age: 86

Birthplace: Kenya

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Mutula Kilonzo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Politicians from Kenya
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30Mutula Kilonzo

Mutula Kilonzo was a Kenyan politician and Senior Counsel, who served as Minister of Education after having previously served as the Minister for Nairobi Metropolitan and justice and constitutional affairs He belonged to the Orange Democratic Movement-Kenya and was elected to represent the Makueni County as Senator in the 2013 general elections. …more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 65 (1948-2013)

Birthplace: Kenya

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