Senator Irungu Kang’ata is a legal practitioner, politician, investor and family man. He is among the most famous senators in the country and this comes following a leaked letter he penned to the president concerning the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
His letter was received differently among various groups, some including Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua praised him for his courageous words while some foresee a removal from office. The senator who doubles as the Senate Majority Chief whip is a man unmistakable for his boldness and straightforwardly character. This article presents Irungu Kangata’s biography.
Irungu Kang’ata Age and Place of Birth
Senator Kangata hails from Murang’a County and was born on first of January in 1980 to his parents Margaret and Joseph Irungu. He grew up in the county in a humble home alongside his eight siblings.
Irungu Kang’ata Education Background
Kangata went to Murang’a Township Primary before joining Thika High School. He performed very well securing a spot at the University of Nairobi to pursue an undergraduate degree in Law. He proceeded for a Diploma at the Kenya School of Law. Senator Irungu holds further Masters and Doctoral degrees in Law from the same institution.
Irungu Kang’ata Career Journey
The senator’s career kicked off during his time in college when he took up leadership positions in student bodies and organizations. He served as the Vice chair at Kenya Law Student Society and the UoN students’ body SONU in the same capacity. During his tenure at SONU, Irungu was suspended from school on grounds of leading a students strike which caused property damage.
He in turn filed a law suit against the institution which responded by suspending him for an indefinite period. Lady luck smiled upon him on the institution of a new NARC regime that granted past suspended and expelled students another chance at the school.
During his suspension period, he was the Councillor for Central Ward in Murang’a before he went back to his studies. On graduation and after bar admission, Kangata worked with several Advocates in different firms before his employment as state counsel in the Attorney General’s chambers. He then established his private practice, Irungu Kangata & Company Advocates where he privately offers corporate law services alongside other partners. His legal practice has been focused on ensuring justice for all and is remembered for defending the security guard Kerubo Rebecca who was allegedly assaulted by former deputy chief Justice Nancy Baraza.
He took back his career in politics in 2013 when he vied for and won the Kiharu constituency MP seat. He was a keen leader on the constituency’s funds and even expelled some financial committee members due to fund misappropriation. He has won the CDF Management Award in regard and People’s Shujaaz Awards for his works in different fields. In 2017, he won his senatorial seat and later on appointment as the senate majority chief whip. He currently also temporarily holds the senate speaker seat.
Irungu Kang’ata Personal Life, Wife, Children, Family
Irungu Kangata is married to Mary Wambui, a lady he met far back while she was in high school. The two have three children together named Rita, Ryan and Euna. The senator held his formal church wedding ceremony in the month of September in 2018 which was attended by high profile leaders including President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The senator is a fan of Reggae music and tells of his youthful days when he was a DJ in Murang’a. During those days, he was known to many as DJ Nyutu. Irungu Kangata is a bold Anti-LGBT individual who led peaceful demonstrations meant to restrict President Barack Obama from speaking on LGBT rights on his visit to the country.
Irungu Kang’ata Net worth and Assets
Kangata invests privately and is not among the leaders who flashily expose their financial state to the public. He earns over Ksh 600,000 in salary and additional allowances which sustain him and his family. His exact net worth is yet to be established and information detailing his asset portfolio remains unavailable to the public.
Irungu Kang’ata Contacts
Twitter – @HonKangata