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Biography for Kalonzo Musyoka

First Name: Kalonzo
Last Name: Musyoka
Title: Vice-president ( 09 JAN 08)
Organization: Kenya
Country: Kenya
Date of Birth: 24/12/1953
Place of Birth: Tseikuru village, Mwingi District (of the then, Kitui District).
Family: He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Musyoka Mairu.
Spouses: In 1985, Musyoka married his long time girl friend, Pauline, with whom they had had a long courtship after they first met at a school Christian camp at Alliance High School, while the young lady was in Form Two. (current)
Children: 4 (unknown)
Education: Tseikuru Full Primary SchoolKitui High School for ‘O' Level CertificateMeru High School for ‘A' LevelsKenya Law SchoolHe began his primary school education in 1960 at Tseikuru Full Primary School, seven kilometers away from home. Like other students in that remote and poor part of the country, Kalonzo walked to and from school every day; often bare-footed. During weekends and school holidays, Kalonzo, a devote Christian, would assist his mother with household chores, especially fetching water from a river some five kilometers away, cleaning the compound, herding cattle and farming.In 1967, Mr. Musyoka passed his primary education examinations and was admitted to Kitui High School in 1968 for ‘0' Level Certificate. He joined Meru High School for ‘A' Levels after good performance in form four in 1972. Later in 1973 he sat for his examination and scored three principals and one subsidiary passes that earned him a place to study his long cherished law at the University of Nairobi.He finished his law degree in 1977 and joined the Kenya Law School to train as an advocate. He attended his pupilage at the prestigious Kaplan and Stratton law firm, where Amos Wako (Kenya's current Attorney General) was a partner. 
Politics: ODM
CV: Professional History (job titles, organization, dates)Jan 2008 Vice President 2004 - 2005: Minister for Environment and Natural resources2003 - 2004: Foreign Minister - Government of Kenya1993 - 1998: Foreign Minister - Government of KenyaMinister of Education - Government of Kenya Minister of Tourism & Information - Government of KenyaFrom 1978 Mr. Musyoka developed close ties with the Rotary Club of Nairobi and in later years was elected its Chairman.In 1983 Musyoka unsuccessfully vied for the Kitui North Constituency parliamentary seat after which he started his law firm, Musyoka and Company Advocates. He, however, remained interested in elective politics.Following the demise of the then Member of Parliament for Kitui North constituency in 1985, Musyoka contested and won comfortably with 12,000 votes to herald his long journey to elective politics. In the same year, he was elected Secretary of the ruling party, the Kenya African National Union (KANU) in Kitui District Branch.Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka’s long journey to elective politics began in 1985 after winning in a by-election and in the same year being elected Secretary of the ruling party, the Kenya African National Union (KANU) in Kitui District Branch.On 1st April 1986, Mr. Musyoka was appointed an assistant Minister for Works, Housing and Physical Planning, the news of which he at first received as April Fools’ Day prank.  In this capacity, he worked under Mr. Kenneth Matiba and later under the late Justus Ole Tipis.In 1988, Mr. Musyoka was re-elected to parliament un-opposed.  While in parliament, he vied and was elected to the post of Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, a position he held for five years.  In the same year, he was elected the National Organizing Secretary of KANU and a member of the party’s National Executive Council.Following his re-election to parliament during Kenya’s first Multi-Party Elections in 1992, Mr. Musyoka was appointed the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.  It is this appointment that also launched Mr. Musyoka to a successful tenure in international cooperation and negotiations.  His duties saw him travel widely, representing the country in major global meetings and events.  He represented the President in key international forums, and has addressed the UN General Assembly seven times.  It is also during this time that he initiated peace negotiations among warring parties in Burundi and within war torn countries of Sudan and Somalia.He has also served as Minister for Education; Information and Tourism portfolios with a distinctive success.On 18th March 2002, Mr. Musyoka was elected National Vice Chairman of the Ruling Party KANU, a feat that launched him into presidential succession politics.  He soon began being taunted as the possible successor of President Daniel Moi, who was retiring after ruling the country for 24 years.  Successive media opinion polls picked Mr. Musyoka as the most popular presidential hopeful among Kenyans.Mr. Musyoka’s presidential ambition hit a snag when the ruling party...

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