Peter Kenneth

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Peter Kenneth
Assistant Minister Peter Kenneth.jpg
Assistant Minister of Planning and National Development and Vision 2030
In office
2008–2013
Minister Wycliffe Oparanya
Assistant Minister of Finance
In office
2005–2007
Assistant Minister of Cooperative Development and Marketing
In office
2003–2005
Member of the Kenyan Parliament
Incumbent
Assumed office
2002
Constituency Gatanga Constituency
Personal details
Born (1965-11-27) 27 November 1965 (age 48)
Bahati, Nairobi, Kenya
Nationality Kenyan
Political party KNC
Spouse(s) Anne
Children Andrew
Andrea
Alma mater University of Nairobi (LL.M)
University of Nairobi (LL.B)
IMD (Exec. Ed)
Occupation Banker[1]
Religion Christianity
Positions Chairman, Kenya Football Federation (1996 – 2000)
Website www.peterkenneth.com

Peter Kenneth (born 27 November 1965) is a Kenyan politician. He hails from Kirwara Sub-location of Gatanga Constituency in Murang'a County, Kenya.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Peter Kenneth attended Bahati Uhuru Primary School (CPE) and later joined Starehe Boys' Centre and School for his 'O' and 'A' levels. He is a holder of a Masters in Law degree from the University of Nairobi, and Executive Programme International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has also done numerous banking and Insurance courses.[3]

After graduating as a banker by profession, he has worked for the following institutions:

Nationwide Finance company In 1985 he worked at the Nationwide Finance company up to 1986.
Prudential Finance and Bank Kenneth later worked at prudential Finance and bank for 11 years starting in 1986 until 1997.
During his stay there he rose to the position of Manager.
Kenya Football Federation He was elected the Chairman of the Kenya Football Federation in 1996, a position he served until the year 2000.[4]
Kenya Reinsurance Company In 1997 he joined the Kenya Reinsurance company as MD and he worked there until 2002.
Africa Reinsurance Corporation Alt. Director, 1998 – 2001
Industrial Development Bank Director, 1998 – 2002
Zep Reinsurance Company Chairman, 1998 – 2009

Political Life[edit]

Peter Kenneth was first elected a Member of Parliament for Gatanga Constituency in December 2002 on a National rainbow coalition ticket.[5] He held this seat up to 2013 general elections where he vied for presidency. His constituency was voted the best managed in Kenya, during his tenure.

2008 to date: Assistant Minister, Ministry of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030.

Dec 2005 – 2007: Assistant Minister, Ministry of Finance.

Nov 2003 – 2005: Assistant Minister, Ministry of Cooperative Development and Marketing.

2002 – 2012[edit]

Under the leadership of Peter Kenneth, Gatanga was declared the constituency which had best utilized its Constituency Development Fund money for the financial year of 2011/2012.[6]

2013 Presidential bid[edit]

He was the first presidential aspirant to release his manifesto for the Kenyan general election, 2013. During the launch, he said he would vie on a Kenya National Congress party ticket. The thirteen key areas that he promised to address if elected for the president of Kenya were: i) National security, ii) food security, iii) employment infrastructure, iv) health care, v) education, vi) tourism, vii) slum upgrade, viii) water, ix) agriculture, x) diaspora, xi) environment and xii) manufacturing.[7]

He was the first Kenyan presidential aspirant with no African name. His constituents have in the past called him muthungu (a white man in Kikuyu language) for the reason that if he calls for a meeting to start at 7am, it will start precisely at 7am and not later.[8]

He formed a working coalition with Hon. Raphael Tuju of Party of Action and reached out to like-minded presidential aspirants to take on the leading coalitions of CORD and Jubilee. This coalition was expected to be the third force in the elections and provide an alternative for the electorate. He eventually settled on Ronald Osumba as his running mate.

He indicated that most of his 300 million Kenyan Shilling (about USD 3.4 million) campaign financing came from small contributors - the largest single donation standing at KSh 1 million (about USD 11,400).[9]

He lost in the 2013 Presidential election and conceded defeat. He is known to have a huge following on social media networks Twitter and Facebook.[citation needed]

Interests and Hobbies[edit]

He has interests in Farming, Insurance, Real Estate and Manufacturing. He also has a lot of interest in sports, having been the chairman of Kenya Football Federation from 1996 to 2000, and FIFA Committee Member (FUTSAL) from 1998 to 2000. Kenneth was a goalkeeper when he was still in school and he even went on to play for former Kenya Premier League side Reunion FC.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peter Kenneth|Kenyans Decide". Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Peter Kenneth Profile and Biography". Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Peter Kenneth MP for Gatanga Constituency". Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Peter Kenneth (Kenya)". Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Gatanga Constituency. Gatanga Constituency.
  6. ^ Ndonga, Simon (May 7, 2012). "Capital News » Gatanga still tops in proper CDF use". capitalfm.co.ke. Capital Broadcasting Network. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  7. ^ MUREITHI, FRANCIS (12 December 2012). "Peter Kenneth launches his 2012 manifesto". the-star.co.ke. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Opanga, Kwendo (13 August 2011). "Why Peter Kenneth is 'Mzungu' to Kabogo". allafrica.com. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Profile: Peter Kenneth". Aljazeera. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Otieno, Brian (26 June 2012). "Kenneth Accuses State of Neglecting Sports". allafrica.com. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 

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