The Prime Minister of Kenya currently known as Prime Cabinet Secretary is a post in the Kenyan government. The first Prime Minister of Kenya was Jomo Kenyatta, who became Prime Minister in 1963. In 1964, Kenya became a Republic; the post of Prime Minister was abolished and Jomo Kenyatta assumed the position of President. Following a power-sharing agreement in February 2008, the post of Prime Minister was recreated that April. The position was again abolished by the 2010 Constitution after the 2013 elections.
The last Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, was sworn in on 17 April 2008. He was Kenya’s second Prime Minister. The 2021 Kenyan constitutional referendum would have decided whether or not the office is reestablished. However Musalia Mudavadi is the Prime Cabinet Secretary (appointed 27/09/2022) (equivalent of Prime Minister) of the Republic of Kenya. He is the current Party Leader of Amani National Congress after decamping from the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) led by the prime minister Raila Odinga in 2012 where before his resignation he served as the deputy party leader.
Prime ministers of Kenya (1963–to date)
Jomo Kenyatta (1891–1978) – Prime Minister of Kenya (1963–1964)
Kenya African National Union
In Office 1 June 1963 to 12 December 1964
Note: Post abolished (12 December 1964 – 17 April 2008)
Raila Odinga (1945–) – Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya (17 April 2008 to 9 April 2013)
Orange Democratic Movement
In Office 17 April 2008 to 9 April 2013
Note: Post abolished (9 April 2013 – 27th Sep 2022)
Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi (1960 –) – Prime Cabinet Secretary 2022 to date
Amani National Congress
In Office 27th Sep 2022 to date
Note: Post Established on 27th Sep 2022 to date
List of Deputy Prime Ministers of Kenya 2008-2013
Cabinet posts were divided between the PNU and ODM six weeks after a power-sharing agreement between the parties was brokered by Kofi Annan, a former UN secretary general.
Uhuru Kenyatta of the PNU and Musalia Mudavadi of ODM were named deputy prime ministers as well as ministers for trade and local government respectively.
Al Jazeera, “Kenya Names Power-Sharing Cabinet” (Aljazeera.comApril 14, 2008) <https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2008/4/14/kenya-names-power-sharing-cabinet> accessed October 18, 2021.
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