James Mathenge Kanini Kega – Biography, MP Kieni, Nyeri, Wife, Family, Wealth, Life history
James Mathenge aka Kanini Kega was born on 31 October 1972 in Watuka village, Kieni, Nyeri County, Kenya.
James Mathenge acquired his nickname Kanini Kega in 1998 When he first vied for the Democratic Party nominations after the death of Munene Kairu. At that time he was 26 years old. Other leaders dismissed him as “a beardless man with nothing to offer on the political table.” Over the years, the people of Kieni came to know him as Kanini Kega (young but good) because he was the youngest but most noble politician in the political scene in the area.
Just weeks before the elections, Kega swore an affidavit to officially adopt the nicknames so that they could appear in the ballot papers. He argued that going to the election with his previous names might have robbed him many votes because there are supporters who only knew him by the nicknames.
James Mathenge Kanini Kega is the MP for Kieni Constituency in Nyeri County. He was elected to the 11th Parliament on The National Alliance (TNA) party ticket in the Jubilee Coalition in March 2013.
His predecessors to the same seat are;
1988 – 1992 was Joel Muruthi Muriithi on a KANU ticket One-party system.
1992 – 1997 was David Munene Kairu on a Democratic Party ticket
1997 – April 1998 David Munene Kairu on a Democratic Party
1998 – 2002 was Christopher Ndarathi Murungaru on a Democratic Party (Kairu died in 1998 resulting in by-elections)
2002 – 2007 was Chris Murungaru on a NARC party ticket
2007 -2012 was Namesyus Warugongo on a PNU ticket
In the National Assembly, Kanini Kega is a member of Departmental Committee on Energy, Communications and Information and also a member of Departmental Committee on Lands and Natural Resources.
James Mathenge Kanini Kega has spoken 51 times in Parliament since 2013.
James Mathenge Kanini Kega Education Background
Kanini Kega was a Primary School pupil in Muthu-ini primary School and Watuka Primary School. He thereafter joined Chinga Boys High School in1992.
From 1994 he was an Undergraduate Student at the University of Nairobi pursuing Bachelor of Arts until 1998.
James Mathenge Kanini Kega job history
In 2000 he was employed by Solagen. In 2005 he founded and incorporated Power Options Limited.
James Mathenge Kanini Kega wealth, business, Networth
Kieni MP James Mathenge started his life in Korogocho in Nairobi where he says his dreams to succeed took shape. He founded a solar energy company then, now valued at millions of shillings. His company that deals with renewable energy is now valued at millions of shillings and he employs more than 50 Kenyans.
James Mathenge Kanini Kega clash with Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua
In June 2015, Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua and Kieni MP Kanini Kega clashed in public after the governor accused Kega of frustrating President Uhuru Kenyatta in parliament. Gachagua accused Kega of colluding with others to humiliate president Kenyatta by rejecting his nominee for Secretary to Cabinet Monica Juma.
Gachagua, flanked by more than 20 MCAs and county ministers, was gracing an event at Chaka trading centre. Gachagua told Kega that he was not elected to choose advisers for the president after he was quoted faulting Kenyatta’s recent decisions, blaming them on wrong advisers.
An angry Kega’s attempts to intervene as the Governor lashed at him was thwarted by the governor’s security detail as Gachagua demanded that the MP reaffirms his support for the Head of State.
When Kanini Kega finally got a chance to speak, the MP distanced himself from the decision to reject Monica Juma spearheaded by Jubilee MPs, saying he was absent from the house on the particular day, and pledged his backing for the Jubilee coalition boss.
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