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List Of High Profile Resignations From The Kenyan Government Since Independence

by John Nyabuto

Since Independence in 1963, there have been many high profile resignation by government officials either because of credibility reasons, disagreement with who is who in the government, to pave way for investigations or even scandals to name just but a few.

We looked upclose and personal on the major resignations since independence and documented them below for you.

Have a look.

1. Jaramogi Oginga Odinga
Jaramogi , the first Vice President  of Kenya’s resignation was the first high profile resignation during the then Jomo Kenyatta government.
Jaramogi disagreed with Jomo and called it quits 3 years after independence. He then formed his his own party, KPU and basically became the main opposition leader.

2. Joseph Murumbi
The second vice president of Kenya resigned after being in office for barely a year because he disagreed with how Kenyatta handled the then opposition headed by Jaramogi and general state affairs.

3. Kenneth Matiba
This was during Moi’s era as a president.
Matiba resigned in 1988 as the Transport and Communication Minister. Matiba was also the Kiharu legislator then.
After being “rigged” out of the Kanu Sub branch leadership, he resigned as it demeaned him as a minister.

4. Emilio Mwai Kibaki
Former president Mwai Kibaki also  resigned from the government in 1991 and formed his own party, the Democratic Party. By the time of his resignation, he was the Health Minister.

5. Simeon Nyachae
Simeo Nyachae resigned from the Finance docket in 1999 after 7 years in the political arena.
He had many problems in the Treasury that couldn’t allow him to stay any further, his seniors saw him as too candid for that post.

6. John Koech
He resigned from the Moi government after falling out of favour and disaagreeing with Moi over matters leadership.

7. Amos Kimunya
The then finance minister Amos Kimunya was  forced to resign after the Grand Regency Hotel Fiasco (Laico)

7. David Mwiraria
Also a Finance minister then, he resigned after he was mentioned in the Anglo Leasing scam.

8. Kiraitu Murungi
Kiraitu was the then Justice Minister  and was forced to resign over the same Anglo Leasing scandal.

9. George Saitoti
By the time of his resignation, George was the Education Minister  and the main reason for his resignation was the Goldnberg scandal.

10. Martha Karua
She was the Justice minister by the time she resigned in 2009.
She resigned after five judges were sworn in without her knowledge. Karua had earlier gone verbal with the then chief justice Evans Gicheru.

11. Willy Mutunga
The immediate former Chief Justice of Kenya before Justice Maraga decided to resign a year before his term was due so as to give his successor to have adequate time to prepare for court cases that might arise from the general elections.
He then took up another job as the Commonwealth Special Envoy to the Maldives.

12. Roselyn Akombe
The now former IEBC commissioner quit her job saying commission cannot conduct credible election as is constituted. This is after the general publig and the opposition had piled pressure on the IEBC commissioner and  the CEO Chiloba to hang their boots. She quit and fled the country fearing for her life.

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