|9th Vice President of Kenya|
25 September 2003 – 9 January 2008
|Preceded by||Michael Wamalwa|
|Succeeded by||Kalonzo Musyoka|
|Born||Arthur Moody Awori
5 December 1927
|Political party||National Rainbow Coalition|
|Cabinet||Minister of Home Affairs|
He was first elected as a Member of Parliament representing Funyula Constituency in Busia District in Western Province in 1983. Under President Daniel arap Moi, he served in several positions as assistant minister.
Awori broke with the ruling party, KANU, in 2002 and joined the National Rainbow Coalition opposition party, and is chairman of NARC’S top decision making organ. When Moi was succeeded by Mwai Kibaki, Awori was made Minister of Home Affairs in January 2003 and then Vice-President (while remaining in charge of Home Affairs) in September 2003, following the death of the previous Vice-President, Michael Kijana Wamalwa in London.
Awori is the ninth vice president since Kenya's independence in 1963. Others before him were Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, Joseph Murumbi, former President Daniel arap Moi, former President Mwai Kibaki, Prof Josephat Karanja, Prof George Saitoti, and Musalia Mudavadi.
In the December 2007 parliamentary election he lost his seat in Parliament. On 8 January 2008, Kibaki named Kalonzo Musyoka to replace Awori as Vice-President and Minister of Home Affairs, and Awori handed over the office on 9 January. Awori, describing Musyoka as "a friend and political son", said that he believed Musyoka was "equal to the task", while Musyoka said that he had "deep respect" for Awori, who he called "a true gentleman".
His older brother, W.W.W. Awori, served on the Legislative Council in the 1950s. His younger brother Aggrey Awori is a politician in Uganda who came third in the presidential elections of 2001. His sister, Mary Okello, is a founder and CEO of the Makini Schools.
He has recently been implicated in the Anglo Leasing scandal in a report published on 22 January 2006 by John Githongo. He has insisted upon his innocence and refused to resign, saying he saw no reason to. In February 2006 eighty Members of Parliament demanded his resignation, threatening street protests if their requests were not met. A few days later protestors on the streets of Nairobi called for his resignation as part of a wider anti-corruption demonstration. After this was not achieved, the Social Reform Centre said that he was undermining the integrity of his office in refusing to step down and promised to continue protesting. In a February 22 interview with the Public Accounts Committee Awori blamed civil servants, claiming to have been misled and that he had had nothing to do with any wrongdoing.
He is also the founder chairman of the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries.
He holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from the Southern New Hampshire University in the United States of America. He was awarded the degree in May 2004 in recognition of his many years of dedicated service to the disadvantaged in society, particularly the disabled and the poor. tute of Secretaries.
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the nation and the society in general, the Kenyan Government decorated him with two high level State awards – Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS) and Elder of the Golden Heart (EGH).
- Page on Awori at Vice-President web site.
- Mutinda Mwanzia, "Kenya: Awori Hands Over to Kalonzo", The East African Standard (allAfrica.com), January 10, 2008.
- Kenya Government Bio.
- "Old boys". Kakamegahighschool.com. Archived from the original on 2011-10-09. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
- Kenya Parliament profile.
- "Reviews under way in Kenya vote", BBC News, December 30, 2007.
- "Kalonzo VP in Kibaki’s new Cabinet", The Standard (Kenya), January 9, 2008.
- "Kibaki's new cabinet", The Standard (Kenya).
- "Travel ban in Kenya scam inquiry", BBC News, 14 February 2006.
- "Kenyans demand more graft scalps", BBC News, 17 February 2006.
- Nzau Musau, "Groups declare war on Awori, Kenya Times, 22 February 2006.
- "Kenyan VP passes buck over graft", BBC News, 22 February 2006.
- A Kenyan newspaper article on the Awori's role in the Anglo Leasing scandal
- BBC News: Article on Awori's involvement in the scandal
- Southern New Hampshire University Catalog 2012-2013
Michael Wamalwa Kijana
|Vice-President of Kenya