Kimani Ichung’wa Biography: The Butcher Who Turned Member Of Parliament

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Kimani Ichung'wa Biography: The Butcher Who Turned Member Of Parliament
Member of Parliament, Kikuyu Constituency Kimani Ichung'wa Image/Courtesy

By Prudence Minayo

Anthony Kimani Ichung’wa is a vocal politician, astute debater who is currently serving as the Member of Parliament for Kikuyu Constituency.

Age 

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He turns 45-years-old this year. 

Background

The legislator was born and raised in Gikambura Village, Karai Location in Kikuyu Constituency. He was the second last born in a family of 13 children. They were not rich and his parents had to work extremely hard to provide for their basic needs. One of his  dreams at the time was to live in a house that had a cemented floor. 

Education

The MP attended Kikuyu Township Primary School and then proceeded to Alliance Boys High School. The national school gave him exposure as he got to interact with a number of people from different parts of the country. He was elected house prefect and was also a senior prefect in charge of discipline. 

His dream was to become a lawyer as he admired some of the top lawyers in the country, like Gitobu Imanyara. Unfortunately, he missed the law entry marks by two points. While waiting to join university, he did CPA1 at the Kenya College of Accounting (KCA) and proceeded to finish with his accountancy course at Strathmore University, which was still a college at the time. 

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He then joined the University of Nairobi in 1996 and pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and History. He graduated in 2000 with an honours degree in Economics. 

At the same time, he pursued a diploma in banking.

Education Background:

From

To

Education Institution

Qualification

1996

2000

University of Nairobi

Bachelor of Arts Degree (Economics & History)

1995

1997

Strathmore College

CPA-K

1998

1999

Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) – Private Candidate

Diploma- Banking

1994

1991

Alliance High School

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)

1983

1990

Kikuyu Township Primary

Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE)

Employment/Service History:

From

To

Employer/Institution

Position Held

March 2013

To date

Kenya National Assembly

Member of Parliament, Kikuyu Constituency

February 2009

To date

SAFEXAFRICA Limited

Finance Director

November 2006

2008

The Standard Group

Senior Accountant – Treasury

March 2003

October 2006

Madison Insurance Company Limited

Senior Accountant

March 2001

March 2003

Diverseylever East Africa Limited

Cash/Management Accountant

Membership to Committees (11th Parliament):

From

To

Committee

Position Held

2013

2017

Public Investments Committee

Vice Chair

2013

2017

Departmental Committee on Agriculture, Livestock & Cooperatives

Member

2013

2017

Committee on Privileges

Member

Membership to Committees (12th Parliament):

From

To

Committee

Position Held

2013

2017

Budget and Appropriations Committee

Chairperson

2013

2017

Committee on Appointments

Member

Career 

After university, he sent out his CV to a number of banks but never got any feedback. He then began working as an employee for a shoe company his brother and Ugandan friends had started. He would go out and market the shoes in various places. He applied for a job at Unilever and although he was unsuccessful, he got a job at their subsidiary known as DiverseyLever. Two years later, Ichung’wa called it quits and started his own butchery. He built his business premises on a parcel of land his dad gave him. 


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“My dad was a butcher for  many years and he had a plot near an upcoming bus stop. I asked him to give me a small part of the plot for me to put up a butchery. I told him I wanted to leave employment by the end of that year. My dad was kind enough to give me some space and I started my business,” he was quoted by the Daily Nation.

His friends made fun of him when he started his butchery business but that did not deter Ichungwa who went on to open two more butcheries.

“Some of my peers laughed at me when I started my butchery business. They kept asking me, ‘with all your education, the best you can do is run a butchery that your illiterate father ran?’ But I said I would do it, and I did it,” Ichung’wa said.

His job hunt continued and lady luck smiled on him when he was called for two jobs he had applied for.  While Corn Products offered a higher pay, he opted for Madison as it was closer to his butchery, and this would allow him to manage his business effectively. 

At the end of 2006, he left the insurance company to join Standard Media Group PLC.

Politics 

In 2007, he vied for the Kikuyu Constituency seat but lost. He gave it a shot again in 2013 and was elected and re-elected in 2017 with a landslide. 

As a politician, he has been vocal when it comes to expressing his views. He called out DCI boss George Kinoti for failure to do his work properly. Ichung’wa boldly spoke on an alleged political assassination plot of senior government officials. He is among members of parliament allied to deputy president William Ruto. 

In 2019, his security was withdrawn while he was out of the country. 

“I see the withdrawal of my security as a political move to intimidate and coerce me following threats even to my life to stop working with DP Ruto. Only God knows what they intend to do either to my family or myself,” he said. 

Death threats

In 2019, the youthful MP claimed that he had received chilling death threats from unknown people. According to the MP, he had been warned against associating himself with DP William Ruto. In an audio shared by the legislator, the caller told Ichungw’a to go slow on his support of the DP:

“I am telling you this…stop auctioning the Kikuyu community. You can die very easily. Let us see you again one day with Ruto you will face the consequences,” he could be heard saying.

The matter was reported to the Inspector General of Police.

Marriage 

His wife is known as Alice Nyokabi who is a banker by profession. The couple are blessed with three daughters aged 14, 12 and four. 

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