Kiunjuri Festus Mwangi, who was termed as ‘Wamalocust’ is a Kenyan renowned Politician who has been able to work as a Member of Parliament and as a Cabinet Secretary. He is the ex-Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation.
He was widely referred to as ‘wamalocust’ since he was the one giving updates on the state of the nation when a swarm of locusts flew over the Kenyan land, migrating southwards, causing anxiety and havoc.
Mwangi Kiunjuri Birthday, Age, Place of Birth, Tribe
Kiunjuri is 51 years old as of the year 2020. Kiunjuri Festus Mwangi was born on 29th April, 1969 in the Kahurura Forest section of the Mount Kenya region in Kieni, Nyeri county. He hails from the Kikuyu community of Kenya.
Mwangi Kiunjuri Humble background, Family
He spent a good chunk of his life in Kieni, Nyeri county. His father worked as a dresser at a local dispensary whereas his mother was a peasant farmer. Being the 11th child in a family of 12, life was so hard since the meager income could not comfortably fend for the entire family.
He once admitted that he first wore his first pair of shoe while he was in class 4. While in Campus, he used to sell clothes and vegetables when he was not attending his classes. This helped him fund his education and has steered his way to the successful person he is today.
Mwangi Kiunjuri Education Background
He went to Dr. Kiano Boys High School from 1983- 1987 for his primary education. He then went to Kangema High School from 1988-1989 for his secondary education. In 1994, Kiunjuri graduated from Moi University with a Bachelor of Education (Arts) degree.
Mwangi Kiunjuri Politics
In 1997, Mwangi Kiunjuri was elected to the parliament so as to represent the Democratic Party. He ended up retaining the seat till 2007. He has also been able to work as the Assistant Minister of Water and Irrigation and the Assistant Minister for Energy.
Kiunjuri belonged to the Party of National Unity (PNU). He was elected to represent the Laikipia East Constituency in the National Assembly of Kenya in the 2007 Kenyan parliamentary election till 2013.
Mwangi Kiunjuri Career
Kiunjuri has known politics for a good part of his life. In 2015, he replaced Anne Waiguru as the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning. Waiguru had resigned on corruption grounds. On October 26th 2017, he was appointed the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture and was dismissed from this position on 14th January, 2020, being replaced by Peter Munya.
Mwangi Kiunjuri Sacked from the Ministry
His laying off from the position of CS for Agriculture came to him as a shock. The sacking came after Uhuru’s secret four-hour meeting at Raila’s home. Kiunjuri claims that he is a target for Uhuru’s selective witch-hunt.
The sacking came in shortly after he realized that he was short- changed by President Uhuru since he had even agreed to fold up his Grand National Union (GNU) party and support Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election. He, however, stated that he would continue to support Uhuru.
Mwangi Kiunjuri Wife, Daughter
Kiunjuri is married to his gorgeous wife known as Wangui Kimathi. Together, they are blessed with a beautiful daughter.
Mwangi Kiunjuri Net Worth, Wealth and House
Mwangi is said to be the richest among the Kenyan Cabinet Secretaries with a net worth of close to Kshs. 799 Million. He has been able to accumulate a hefty amount of wealth especially in the real estate sector.
He has property in Sagana, Nairobi and Nanyuki. Furthermore, he has heavily invested in agriculture and real estate. He owns property in Nanyuki, Sagana and Nairobi.
Mwangi Kiunjuri Contacts
Email him at [email protected]. His postal address is P.O. Box 220, Nanyuki, Kenya.