This article is about the biography of Kenya’s most consistent politician, Irungu Kang’ata. His political star began when he won the Vice Chair of the Students Organisation of Nairobi University (SONU). He has risen the ranks of politics from Councillor, to MP to Senator and now Governor.
The early life of Irungu Kang’ata: age, date and place of birth
Irungu Kang’ata was born in 1980, making him 43 years old today.
Irungu Kang’ata family, wife and children
Irungu Kang’ata has one wife. He is married to Mary Wambu and they are blessed with two children.
Irungu Kang’ata education background
Irungu Kang’ata has a PhD in law.
Irungu Kang’ata went to Murang’a Township Primary School between 1986 to 1993 and later joined Thika High School in 1994 to 1997. He proceeded to the University of Nairobi to study law and graduated in 2005. He went to the Kenya School of Law in 2006 and was admitted to the bar in 2007.
He also has a Masters of Law degree and PhD in Law from the University of Nairobi.
Irungu Kang’ata career
Irungu Kang’ata runs a law firm Irungu Kang’ata & Company Advocates which specialized in corporate law.
Irungu Kang’ata political career
Irungu Kang’ata is the current Governor for Murang’a County. Irungu Kangáta also served as the Senator for Murang’a County, and the former Senate Majority Chief Whip. He was a beneficiary of the Jubilee purge in 2020 when he replaced Susan Kihika as the Senate Majority Chief Whip of The Jubilee Party. He would later file a motion to oust Kithure Kindiki as the deputy speaker in the Senate on Tuesday, May 19. The motion was supported by 48 senators.
Irungu Kangáta also got dewhipped from his position as the Senate Majority Leader after he penned a letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta to inform him of the alleged unpopularity of BBI in Mt Kenya region. This he hoped would help him secure the gubernatorial race in 2022. It did.
The letter that leaked to the media attracted mixed reactions in the political arena. In the letter, which he at first disowned but later acknowledged to have originated from his office, Kang’ata highlighted issues he thought made the BBI unpopular in the region.
He called for proper research methodology to be employed but urged the pro-BBI team to change tact to avoid embarrassment in case the reforms were subjected to a vote.
Further, the senator stated that the BBI contains many benefits for the region which may be lost forever especially in a situation where ‘their son’ is not in the driving seat.
“We had a meeting where we invited Senator Kang’ata but he refused to come, he joined online and later discussed what was discussed to the media. If after talking, you expose what was discussed, then that is not acceptable and that is a big failure as a leader,” Tuju explained on why he was ousted from his position.
Kang’ata was replaced by Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi as Senate Majority Chief Whip.
Irungu Kang’ata net worth
IrunguKang’ata has not made his net worth public. However, we know he is a rich man from his politics and legal career.