Kipkalya Kiprono Kones (22 February 1952 – 10 June 2008) was a Kenyan politician who served as a minister during the 1990s and was briefly Minister of Roads in 2008. He was a member of the National Assembly of Kenya from 1988 to 2008.
He first attempted to win a parliamentary seat at the 1983 elections, but was beaten by Isaac Kipkorir Salat. Following the death of Salat in 1988, Kones won the seat from Bomet Constituency at by-elections as part of the Kenya African National Union (KANU) in 1988 and then was appointed as Assistant Minister of Agriculture by President Daniel arap Moi. He was re-elected in the 1992 election and was appointed by Moi as a Minister of State in the Office of the President. In the 1997 election he was again re-elected, and Moi appointed him as Minister for Public Works and Housing; he was subsequently moved to the posts of Minister for Research, Science and Technology and Minister for Vocational Training.
Before the 2002 election, he fell out with president Moi and joined the Muungano wa Mageuzi movement led by James Orengo. For the 2002 elections, Kones switched his affiliation to Ford-People, where he was Hon.Simon Nyachae's - one of the 2002 presidential candidate - running mate but lost the seat to Nick Salat, son of former MP Isaac Kipkorir Salat who represented KANU, the party Kones had recently left. However, he was appointed by Forum for the Restoration of Democracy for a nominated seat and thus remained a member of parliament. He was also appointed assistant minister for Public Works.
He opposed family planning among smaller tribes stating those tribes should grow in numbers to equal bigger tribes
As a member of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), he again won the seat from Bomet in the December 2007 parliamentary election. Kones was appointed as Minister of Roads in the grand coalition Cabinet, which was named on 13 April 2008 and included both the ODM and the Party of National Unity (PNU); the Cabinet was sworn in on 17 April.
He was killed along with Assistant Minister of Home Affairs Lorna Laboso in a plane crash on 10 June 2008. The plane crashed into a building in Kajong'a market near Nairagie Enkare in Enoosupukia, Narok District, near Narok and the Masai Mara game reserve. The plane carrying Kones and Laboso, a Cessna light aircraft, had taken off from Wilson Airport in Nairobi; they had been flying to Kericho in the Rift Valley to help with the organisation of logistics for ODM candidate Benjamin Langat in the by-election that was scheduled to be held in Ainamoi Constituency on 11 June. In addition to Kones and Laboso, the pilot and a security guard were killed.
President Mwai Kibaki sent his condolences and ordered flags to fly at half mast, saying that Kenya had "lost leaders of immense potential at their prime age and with a promising future." Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the ODM leader, said that it was a "sad moment"; believing that it was too late to delay the planned by-elections, he urged ODM supporters to use the by-elections as a tribute to Kones and Laboso by turning out to vote for the ODM's candidates.
The "List of alleged perpetrators" of the 2007/2008 post-electoral violence of the Kenya National Human Rights Commission however lists him among the suspects on place 4 (page 180 s.) and charges him with "planning, incitement, and financing the violence". Source: http://www.knchr.org/dmdocuments/KNCHR%20doc.pdf
- Profile at mzalendo.com.
- "Two Kenyan government ministers die", Sapa-AFP (IOL), 10 June 2008.
- The Standard, 11 June 2008: End of an era for the king of the Kipsigis
- "Kenya Mourns its legislators: Kipkalya Kones and Lorna Laboso die in a Plane Crash.", Kenya London News.
- Daily Nation, 19 April 2000: Populism will not feed big families at the Wayback Machine (archived 11 February 2001)
- Patrick Wachira, "Kibaki names new Cabinet", The Standard (Kenya), 14 April 2008.
- "Odinga sworn in as Kenya PM", Al Jazeera, 17 April 2008.
- "Ministers killed in Kenya crash", BBC News, 10 June 2008.
- Dominic Wabala and Fred Mukinda, "Kones killed in crash", Daily Nation, 11 June 2008.
- The Standard, 26 September 2008: ODM wins in Bomet and Sotik
|Minister of Roads
|Member of the National Assembly of Kenya for Bomet