Simeon Nyachae
Born(1932-02-06)6 February 1932
Died1 February 2021(2021-02-01) (aged 88)
Occupation(s)Politician, Entrepreneur
Known forPolitics, Investments
TitleFormer Cabinet Secretary of Finance in the Cabinet of Kenya

Simeon Nyachae (6 February 1932 – 1 February 2021) was a Kenyan politician, government minister, and businessman from Kisii County.[1]

Simeon Nyachae ,s net worthy $2.5 Billion

He invested in London, South Africa, Brazil,Zimbabwe, Australia and USA.

Early life and education

Nyachae was born into a large polygamous family in Nyaribari, Kisii County, on 6 February 1932 to colonial chief Musa Nyandusi and the late Omongina Pauline Bosibori Nyandusi. In 1941, his father enrolled him in the Nyanchwa Seventh-day Adventist School, and in 1947, he joined the Kereri Intermediate School. Two years later, in 1949, he joined the Kisii Government African School but withdrew in 1953, just a year before he was due to sit for the Ordinary Level School Certificate. He then took up employment at his father's chief's camp as a district clerk.[2] He later attended Torquay Academy and Churchill College, Cambridge, both in the United Kingdom.[3]

Civil service

Nyachae's career in the civil service began at this point. In 1957, he went to study public administration in London, returning to Kenya in 1960. Upon his return, Nyachae was posted as a district officer in Kangundo Division and later returned to Churchill College, Cambridge for a diploma course in public administration. He became a district commissioner by December 1963.[4] Upon his arrival back in Kenya in 1964, he went back to provincial administration and began to steadily rise up the ranks within the provincial administration, ending up with a position as a provincial commissioner from 1965 to 1979. He later served as the chief secretary in the civil service under the governments of Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Arap Moi.[4]

Career in politics

Upon his retirement from the civil service, Nyachae was arguably one of the most prominent personalities from Kisii County.[1] He won a parliamentary seat in 1992. His election in Nyaribari Chache Constituency was instrumental in his entry into the Moi government as a cabinet minister first for agriculture and later for finance.[5]

In 1999, he fell out of favor with Moi and resigned from the government after having been moved to the less influential Ministry of Industry. He also left the Kenya African National Union (KANU) to join the opposition, Ford–People, which was by then only a small party with roots in Central Kenya and three deputies in parliament.[6]


Nyachae's plans to run for the presidency did not receive wide support, as the main opposition groups cooperated with Mwai Kibaki's Democratic Party to form the National Alliance of Kenya, which then teamed up with Raila Odinga's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to form the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC).[6]

During the 2002 general elections, Nyachae did not succeed in his presidential bid, but was able to enter parliament with a 14-member Ford–People faction, having won all constituencies in Kisii. Besides KANU, Ford–People was the only sizeable opposition party in the 2002 parliament.[6]

Minister under Kibaki

When president Mwai Kibaki's National Rainbow Coalition started to crumble, the support of Ford–People became more welcomed. In 2004, when president Kibaki was facing strong opposition from his cabinet, he recalled Nyachae to the government as the Minister for Energy and later the Minister for Roads.[6]

Nyachae was named in the Waki Report as one of the masterminds of the 2007–08 post-election violence in which more than 1,600 people died, as he was believed to have organised attacks on ODM opposition leaders.[7]

Nyachae unsuccessfully ran in the 2007 parliamentary elections. The opposition wave swept his Kisii stronghold and he was soundly defeated, as many government ministers and Ford–People candidates running for office were viewed as being tightly linked with him. In 2002, all the members of parliament were from Ford people party which was headed by Mr Nyachae.


Nyachae ran a chain of businesses ranging in nature from agriculture, banking, real estate, transportation and manufacturing.[1][8]

Personal life and family

Prior to falling ill in 2018, Nyachae's family included five wives and over 20 children. His wives were the late Esther Nyaboke Nyachae, the late Drusilla Kerubo Nyachae, Martha Mwango Nyachae, Silvia Nyokabi (Divorced) and Grace Wamuyu Nyachae.[8] In April 2018, Nyachae tripped and fell at his home in the Loresho neighborhood in northwest Nairobi. He was initially admitted to The Nairobi Hospital for one week, but was then airlifted to London when he did not recover as expected.[9]

Nyachae died on 1 February 2021 at the age of 88, as reported by his family, five days short from his 89th birthday.[10]


  1. ^ a b c Jason Thuku (June 2016). "This is how Simeon Nyachae made his wealth". Nairobi: Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  2. ^ (2006). "Biography of Simeon Nyachae". Nairobi: Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  3. ^ "The Life & Times of Simeon Nyachae". 1 February 2021.
  4. ^ a b Dennis Onyango (13 April 2003). "The influential Young Turks of the 60s". Daily Nation. Nairobi. Archived from the original (Archived from the original on 9 January 2004) on 9 January 2004.
  5. ^ Mvule Africa Publishers (2011). "Book Review: Walking Through The Corridor of Services – Hard Cover, by Simeon Nyachae". Nairobi: Mvule Africa Publishers. Archived from the original (Archived from the original on 27 May 2011) on 27 May 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d Erick Abuga (28 August 2016). "Ford–People Party To Join Jubilee Amid Resistance". The Standard (Kenya). Nairobi. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  7. ^ Marcel Masaga (2019). "The Waki Report-The Full 529 Page Report On Kenya's Post Election Violence Report". Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  8. ^ a b Gray Phombeah (5 November 2002). "Kenya's Loose Cannon: Simeon Nyachae". London: British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  9. ^ Mosoku, Geoffrey (13 April 2018). "Nyachae airlifted to London for specialized treatment". Archived from the original on 1 January 2021.
  10. ^ Sammy, Wambua (1 February 2021). "Former Cabinet Minister Simeon Nyachae is dead". Archived from the original on 1 February 2021.