By Prudence Minayo
Lee Kinyanjui is the second governor of Nakuru county. Under his reign, the county has experienced massive growth and Nakuru has been elevated from a town to a city. Reports have been doing heavy rotation that he is the son of the late former President Daniel arap Moi. His uncanny resemblance with Baringo senator Gideon Moi have further fuelled these rumors.
Here is the Lee Maiyani Kinyanjui profile as told by WoK.
Age and Education
Lee Kinyanjui was born in 1972 and pursued a Bachelors Degree in Literature at Kenyatta University. He later did a Masters degree in Business Administration at the University of Nairobi. He also holds a Masters in International Relations.
For more than a decade, he worked with the private sector before venturing into politics.
Lee Kinyanjui was elected Member of Parliament for Nakuru town in 2007 under the Party of National Unity (PNU). During his tenure as MP, UN Habitat ranked Nakuru town as the fastest growing town in East and Central Africa. During the grand coalition government, Lee served as Assistant Minister of Roads from 2008 until 2013.
In the 2013 general elections, he vied for the Nakuru gubernatorial seat but lost to Kinuthia Mbugua.
In September 2013, president Uhuru Kenyatta appointed him the chairman of National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA). He quit this position to vie for the Nakuru gubernatorial seat, under the Jubilee party, for the second time. This time he trounced his opponent Kinuthia Mbugua to clinch the seat, becoming the county’s second governor.
He is seeking to defend his seat in the general elections slated for August 9. At first, it was thought he would defend his seat under the Ubuntu People’s Forum party but in April this year, he re-joined Jubilee. He is a member of the Azimio la Umoja coalition.
The politician is married to Elizabeth Kinyanjui. She is passionate about climate change and provision of education for the young, especially children with special needs.
Information about Lee’s parents is not in the public domain. Mathira Constituency MP Rigathi Gachagua claimed the Nakuru governor is the son of the former late president Daniel arap Moi.
The deputy president running mate was responding to claims by Lee that he should apologize to Molo residents since he was DO during the Molo clashes.
“I can’t apologise because we did nothing wrong. It’s you Lee Kinyanjui who must apologise for the crimes perpetrated by your father who served as president and commander-in-chief when Molo residents suffered,” said Gachagua.