Kenya is the largest economy in east Africa. It is also an ancient home of some African tribes and a very important cultural center in Africa. However, this very important country seems to suffer from the very same affliction that has befallen the rest of the continent, and much of the world in general; corruption.
In Africa, politicians have the responsibility of directing national policies, and also controlling the commonwealth. This, unfortunately, is the avenue for them to dip their hands into the nation’s treasuries; becoming obscenely rich in the process.
In this article, we want to beam our searchlight and follow the money trail in the Kenyan political landscape. We want to find out who the top 10 richest politicians in Kenya are, and also find out what we can about them and their financial dealings.
Top 10 Richest Politicians In Kenya
Mama Ngina Kenyatta; the widow of Kenya’s first president, and mother of the current president of Kenya, is the de-facto matriarch of the Kenyatta dynasty. She is the most influential person in the country and without doubt the richest. Mama Ngina Kenyatta is the single biggest landowner in Kenya, most of these lands have been acquired during the time of British rule, and she sits at the head of a vast financial empire spanning agriculture, banking, hospitality, and much more.
She controls assets worth well over USD1.5 billion.
Uhuru Kenyatta, the fourth son of Kenya’s first president Jomo Kenyatta, is the second in command in the Kenyatta dynasty. He is often estimated to be worth about USD500 million, but that quote is just his personal wealth.
Together with his family, he controls well over 1 billion dollars in assets and businesses. Mr. Kenyatta has been instrumental in managing and growing his family’s wealth, thus proving himself a managerial asset of grand proportions. Some of his interests are politics, agriculture, land and real estate, finance, and the media. He is the head of Brookside. The figure of USD500 million is often quoted as his net worth.
Raila Odinga is a former President of Kenya. Of course, he must have had some money before becoming president, but there is very little doubt that he has benefited immensely from the office of President. He is very relevant in the political scene, and that influence has granted him a first-row seat in government. Today, Raila Odinga is one of the biggest underground figures in Kenyan politics, consulted widely by aspiring politicians. He is also consulted by lobbyists, seeking to alter government policies to their favor.
He is estimated to be worth USD500 million, making him one of the wealthiest Kenyans. Raila Odinga has interests in oil and gas, manufacturing, logistics, and real estate. Let us not forget; he is still relevant in politics.
Gideon Moi is not just the richest senator in Kenya; he is a member of The Moi family who is descendants of former Kenyan president Arap Moi. This is another political dynasty with a wealth in excess of USD3 billion. This family has several companies, and the wealth is obviously not controlled by a single person.
Gideon Moi owns ranches, the media outfit called Standard Media Group, real estate property, agriculture, transport, and even aviation.
His net worth is estimated to be around Ksh 40 billion. USD374,095,120.00
Senator Johnson Nduya Muthama was elected into the senate in 2013 to represent Machakos County. Before then he was in the National Assembly of Kenya from 2008 to 2012 representing Kangundo Constituency. He is a wealthy gemstones magnate and the founder of the Kenya Gemstone Dealers Association. Senator Johnson Nduya Muthama He is the executive chairman of Muthama Gemstones (Kenya) Ltd. According to one international investigative journalism body he was named in connection with 8 HSBC bank accounts which were opened with his relatives’ names.
Mbuvi Gideon Kioko Wam Mike Sonko who also goes by several confusing names as Mike Sonko or simply Sonko (which is the Sheng word for “rich person” or “boss”), is a wealthy Kenyan politician. He served as the second Governor of Nairobi since devolution. It is estimated that Sonko’s net worth is $120 million to 200 million.
Moses Masika Wetangula is a Kenyan politician. Wetangula represented Sirisia Constituency in the National Assembly from February 2003 until January 2013. After that he was elected to the Senate of Kenya in 2013, to represent Bungoma County, and became Minority Leader in the Kenyan Senate.
Prior to securing elected office, he served in the government of Kenya as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2008 to 2010, and again from 2011 to 2012, then he was appointed Minister for Trade from 2012 to 2013. He is said to be worth at least $300 million dollars.
Amos Wako, who served as Attorney General to the government during the Arap Moi tenure is the third richest senator in Kenya. Additionally, he served as the first senator for Busia county in the Western province of Kenya from 2013 to 2017. He is said to be worth around 300 million dollars.
Kiraitu Murungi is a wealthy Kenyan politician. He is the Governor of Meru County in Central Kenya. He is also a former long-serving Member of Parliament who represented the South Imenti constituency (1992-2013). Furthermore, he is a former Cabinet Minister and former Senator for Meru County. He is said to be one of the richest politicians in the country with a net worth estimated around 200 million dollars.
Mwai Kibaki, C.G.H. is a Kenyan politician who rose to the apex of his political career when he became the third President of Kenya, serving from December 2002 until April 2013.
Before that, he was the fourth Vice-President of Kenya for ten years from 1978 to 1988 under President Daniel Arap Moi. He also proved himself a capable minister when he served in ministerial positions during the Jomo Kenyatta and Moi governments. He is estimated to be worth around 100-200 million dollars.
Even though we refrain from making definite statements about the suspicious nature of the wealth acquired and displayed by many African politicians, we cannot but wonder what will be left in the national treasuries of most African states, for the improvement of our children’s lives. The idea of becoming ultra-rich immediately after one attains political office has to be rejected at all costs.