2 February 2013

Kenya: Profiles of Kiambu Governor and Senator Aspirants

Stanley Githunguri, aspiring senator, Kanu

Born in 1945, Githunguri attended Gacharage primary school from 1954 to 1957 before going to Karura intermediate school. He has a degree in political science and economy from Alaska Methodist University in USA.

He joined National Bank of Kenya in 1969 and rose to the position of executive chairman in 1976. He served in this capacity until 1979 when he retired.

From 1980 to 1983, Githunguri served as the chairman of Development Finance Company. He was elected as Kiambaa MP in 2007 ousting the late Cabinet Minister Njenga Karume.

He is the chairman of Mukawa (Hotels) Holdings, which operates the Nairobi Safari Club. He is also the chairman of Munga Holdings Limited and Tassia Coffee Estate Limited.

Wamatangi Senator- aspirant, TNA

The businessman was born and raised in Kabete. He did an engineering course in Japan and later went to India where he did a Bachelor of Commerce.

He defines himself as a career businessman and is the CEO of King Group Limited, a director in various companies and has interest in real estate and insurance.

The father of three has also been running Wamatangi Foundation which donates waters tanks to schools, churches, homes and other formal institutions in arid and semi arid areas.

Terry Kairu, senator aspirant, Sabasaba Asili

Born in 1952 in Ndeiya, Limuru, she attended St Anne's Primary School and later joined Pangani Girls High School in Nairobi and Kianda College, Nairobi.

She worked with the Kenya Railways, Kenya Power & Lighting, Kenya Ports Authority and then Bamburi Portland Cement, in Mombasa. She later attended Beacon College, USA and hold a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Daysprings Christian University.

She is the Regional Vice President and a Registered Principal in the Financial Industry in Brokerage Office in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a board member of the Kenya Community in Atlanta.

George Nyanja, aspiring Senator

Nyanja served the Limuru Constituency since the first multi-party elections of 1992 until 2002. He was born in Ndeiya location, Limuru and started his education at Mirithu primary school then went to Kanunga high school and Nyeri high school. He joined University of Nairobi in 1971 to study architecture and graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture.

William Kabogo, governor aspirant, TNA

William Kabogo is the immediate Juja MP. He is an auditor and has worked as a Controller General in a local firm. Between 1984 and 1988, Kabogo was the Managing Director of Tototo Home Industries. He attended St Georges primary school in Ruiru and Thika Technical School where he sat his KCE in 1978. He holds a bachelor's degree in Commerce from the Punjab University in India.

James Nyoro, governor aspirant, Narc

He was involved in President Kibaki's economic recovery strategy team and vision 2030 and has been in Uhuru's strategic team of TNA. Nyoro attended Kamangu primary school and later joined Ngenia high school for O levels, then Mangu high school and University of Nairobi where he studied Agricultural economics. He thereafter joined University of London's Wye College for a masters' in the same field. In the year 2005, he enrolled for post-graduate at the University of Ghent in Belgium.

Engineer Gakuru Kanyingi, governor aspirant, APK

Gakuru attended Kamuchege and Githunguri primary schools. He joined Njiiri high school between 1972 to 1975 and Thika high school and later University of Nairobi where he graduated in 1983 with a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering.

He worked in the ministry of public works rising from the post of an assistant engineer to Coast province mechanical engineer between 1983-2000.

He worked for the National Bank of Kenya as a civil manager in 2001 to 2004. In 2005, he joined Kenya Meat Commission as a civil manager then went back to National Bank as a remedial manager until 2009.

David Githii, governor aspirant, Agano party

He was born 62 years ago in Kiwanja village, Kajiado District. Between 1959 and 1965, he received his primary school education at Gikambura in Kikuyu District. From 1966 to 1969, he attended Kirangari High School. He joined St Paul's United Theological College in Limuru and trained in pastoral work in 1980.

He is best remembered for sparkling off a controversy countrywide soon after he become PCEA Moderator when he claimed the government had failed to deliver due to top leaders' association with Satanism.

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