Kenya – GENERAL INFORMATION – Famous Personalities

Famous Personalities

The following lists give a categorised overview of notable people from east-African country Kenya:

Politicians
        Jomo Kenyatta president 1964-1978

        Daniel arap Moi president 1978-2002        Mwai Kibaki current president since 2002        Oginga Odinga vice president 1964-1965        Joseph Murumbi vice president 1965-1967        Dr. Josephat Karanja vice president 1988-        George Saitoti vice president May 1989 – Dec 1997, Apr 1999 – 30 Aug 2002        Michael Kijana Wamalwa vice president 03 Jan 2003 – Aug 2003        Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi Vice President 04 Nov 2002 – 30 Dec 2002        Moody Awori current vice president        Uhuru Kenyatta        Pio Gama Pinto assassinated 1965        Tom Mboya cabinet minister assassinated 1969        J. M. Kariuki assasinated 1975        Robert Ouko cabinet minister assassinated 1990        Nicholas Biwot Member of Parliament and former cabinet minister        Charles Njonjo Attorney General        Kenneth Matiba        Ronald Ngala        Paul Ngei        Makhan Singh freedom fighter        Dedan Kimathi freedom fighter        Raila Odinga        Charles Rubia        Hezekiah Ochuka military coup leader        Dr. Odhiambo Mbai        Appolo Ohanga        Barack Obama (his father was Kenyan)        Struggle for Independence

Administrators

        Charles Njonjo Longest serving Attorney General        James Karugu shortest serving Attorney General        Joseph Kamere Attorney General        Justice Guy Mathew Muli Attorney General        Amos Wako Attorney General        Mohammed Hussein Ali Police Commissioner        Jonah Anguka Nakuru District Commissioner        Abdul Majid Cockar Former Chief Justice        Zacchaeus Chesoni Former Chief Justice

Writers

        Ngugi wa Thiongo        Meja Mwangi        M.G. Vassanji        Grace Ogot        Binyavanga Wainaina founder and editor of Kwani?, a literary magazine and winner of Caine Prize 2002 for african Writting        Wahome Mutahi journalist and humorist        Parselelo Kantai        Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor winner Caine Prize 2003

Religious Leaders

        Reverend Mutava Musyimi Secretary Geneneral National Council of Churches.        Sheikh Khalid Balala        Cardinal Maurice Michael Otunga        Archbishop John Njenga        Archbishop Raphael S. Ndingi Mwana’a Nzeki

Sportspersons

         Seraphino Antao the first Kenyan gold medalist         Matthew Birir         Amos Biwott         Richard Chelimo         Joyce Chepchumba         Paul Ereng         Julius Kariuki         Kipchoge Keino         Ezekiel Kemboi         Joseph Keter         Wilson Kipketer (born and raised in Kenya, now a citizen of Denmark)         Wilson Boit Kipketer         Moses Kiptanui         Ismael Kirui         Samson Kitur         Daniel Komen         Julius Korir         Paul Korir         Reuben Kosgei         Bernard Lagat         Tegla Loroupe         Edith Masai         Catherine Ndereba         Noah Ngeny         Margaret Okayo         Yobes Ondieki         Henry Rono         Peter Rono         Moses Tanui         William Tanui         Naftali Temu         Paul Tergat

Others

         Wangari Maathai, (born 1940), environmentalist, women rights activist, politician and Nobel Prize winner 2004         Hugh Cholmondeley, 3rd Baron Delamere, (1870-1931) the most famous of the original white settlers in Kenya.         Louis SB Leakey, paleontologist         Mary Douglas Leakey, paleontologist         Dr. Meave G Leakey, paleontologist         Dr. Richard Leakey, palaeontologist, environmentalist, politician and former Director of Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS)         Prof. Onesmus Mutungi Chairman of the Standing Committee on Human Rights. Lawyer and former Dean of the Law Faculty at Nairobi University.         Prof. Yash Pal Ghai constitutional lawyer         Joseph Kigamwa

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