Deputy President of the
Republic of Kenya
Coat of arms of Kenya (Official).svg
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Incumbent
William Ruto

since 9 April 2013
AppointerDirect popular vote
Term lengthFive years, renewable once
Inaugural holderJaramogi Oginga Odinga
Formation12 December 1964; 57 years ago (1964-12-12)
SalaryKES.1,487,500 monthly[1]
Websitewww.deputypresident.go.ke

The deputy president of Kenya (formerly the vice-president of Kenya) is the second-highest political official in the Kenyan government. The deputy president is the principal assistant of the president and deputises for the president in executive functions.[2] Prior to the 2010 Constitution of Kenya, the deputy president was known as the vice president. While the vice president was appointed by the president, the deputy president is elected as part of a joint ticket with the president of Kenya. In addition, unlike the previous situation where the vice president would usually have a Cabinet Ministry to hold,[3] the deputy president is not permitted to hold any other state or public office.

There has been one vacancy in the office, from January 8, 1998 until April 3, 1999.[3] Two of Kenya's vice presidents, Mwai Kibaki and Daniel Moi have gone on to serve as president.[4] William Ruto served as acting president for a few days after president Uhuru Kenyatta temporarily transferred his powers and office to appear before the International Criminal Court.[5][6]

List

Parties

  Kenya African National Union (KANU)
  National Rainbow Coalition (NRC) / Party of National Unity (PNU)
  Wiper Democratic Movement – Kenya (WDM–K)
  Jubilee Alliance (JA)

Key

Died in office

Vice-presidents of Kenya

No. Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Political party
Took office Left office Time in office
1
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Jaramogi Oginga Odinga
(1911–1994)
12 December 1964 14 April 1966 1 year, 123 days KANU
2
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Joseph Murumbi
(1911–1990)
3 May 1966 31 August 1966 120 days KANU
3
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Daniel arap Moi
(1924–2020)
5 January 1967 22 August 1978 11 years, 229 days KANU
4
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Mwai Kibaki
(1931–2022)
14 October 1978 24 March 1988 9 years, 162 days KANU
5
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Josephat Karanja
(1931–1994)
24 March 1988 1 May 1989 1 year, 38 days KANU
6
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George Saitoti
(1945–2012)
1 May 1989 8 January 1998 8 years, 252 days KANU
8 January 1998 30 August 2002 3 years, 149 days KANU
7
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Musalia Mudavadi
(born 1960)
4 November 2002 3 January 2003 60 days KANU
8
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Michael Kijana Wamalwa
(1944–2003)
3 January 2003 23 August 2003[†] 232 days NRC
9
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Moody Awori
(born 1928)
25 September 2003 9 January 2008 4 years, 106 days NRC / PNU
10
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Kalonzo Musyoka
(born 1953)
9 January 2008 9 April 2013 5 years, 90 days WDM–K
Deputy President of Kenya
11
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William Ruto
(born 1966)
9 April 2013 Incumbent 9 years, 87 days Jubilee

See also

References

  1. ^ Today, Business (May 18, 2017). "Top earners: President Uhuru and Deputy President Ruto salaries".
  2. ^ Article 147 of the Constitution of Kenya
  3. ^ a b "'From Saitoti to Mudavadi': Vice Presidents who served under Moi".
  4. ^ "Former Presidents | The Presidency". Archived from the original on 2018-07-14.
  5. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Acting President William Ruto Gets To Work At Harambee House". YouTube.
  6. ^ "William Ruto gets a taste of power as Acting President". 3 July 2020.