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Meet Former Kenya Army Soldier And Kenyatta's Former Bodyguard Who Took Kenyan Politics By Storm

Kenya's founding President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta ( Photo Courtesy)

After leading Kenya to independence in 1963, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta embarked on a mission to build a new country with the likes of other freedom fighters including Tom Mboya and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga firmly behind him.

On the spirit of independence, Kenyatta started to recruit elite Kenyans close to power. One such beneficiary was a young member of the Kenya Army- Marsden Madoka.

Madoka would go on to become a very close of the country's President when he was appointed as Kenyatta's Aide-de-camp ( ADC).

For much of the Kenyatta presidency which lasted for 15 years until 1978 when he passed on, Madoka is the man who always stood behind the President saluting and carrying some of his belongings.

Former Mwatate MP Marsden Madoka ( Photo Courtesy)

After a successful career in the military which brought him very close to power, Madoka retired and opted to go transition into the murky world of politics.

In 1997, he was elected as Mwatate Member of Parliament on the ruling KANU party ticket and immediately made it into the cabinet where he was appointed as Minister of Internal Security and Provincial Administration.

His was a remarkable political debut. The former Kenyatta bodyguard was had taken Kenyan politics by storm.

Towards the tail end of President Daniel Arap Moi's reign, Madoka was moved to the influential Foreign Affairs docket. He went on to serve until 2002.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Marsden Madoka ( Photo Courtesy)

In 2002, Madoka was re-elected for a second term but lost his seat during the 2007 general election when the ODM wave swept across the Coast region.

But with President Uhuru Kenyatta winning the presidency in 2013, Madoka became one of the biggest beneficiaries as he landed senior government positions with his latest job being as chairman for the Kenya Ports Authority.

At 78 years, Madoka has seen it all in the Kenyan civil service. After all, he served under all the Presidents since Kenya's independence 58 years ago.

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