In Kenya, there are many successful politicians who can give better political advice and also give a good example of leadership. Amongst the political leaders is President William Ruto who hasn't lost any seat he has vied in since 1997 when he joined politics. He was an MP for 15 years, Deputy President for 10 years an currently serving his 5 year term as President.
Another political leader who has a good reputation and is a perfect example of a pragmatic and idealistic politician is Murang'a County Governor Irungu Kang’ata. In Kenya, Kang’ata is the only politician who has served as a student leader, councillor, MP, senator and now governor.
Kang’ata was born on 1st January 1980 in Kiharu, Murang'a County and is currently 42 years old. He holds a Bachelor of Law Degree for the University of Nairobi. His political journey started in 2002 at age of 22 when he vied successfully for the Central Ward seat in Kiharu Constituency. He served the Councillors seat for 5 years till 2007.
In 2013, Kang'ata contested for the Kiharu parliamentary seat on Uhuru Kenyatta’s The National Assembly (TNA) ticket, which he won after receiving 63,148 votes and defeating nine rivals.
In 2017 general elections, Kang'ata was successfully elected the Senator for Murang'a County after garnering a whopping 279,285 which translated to 55.11% of the vote cast in the county.
In the recently conducted General Elections in August 9 2022, he contested for Murang'a county gubernatorial seat on President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket and won becoming the second Governor of this county. He succeeded Mwangi wa Iria.
He won the seat by a landslide after garnering 246,849 votes. He was distantly followed by former Kigumo Member of Parliament Hon Jamleck Kamau who contested on Jubilee Party. He came second with 84,707 votes.
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