Amos Kimunya Biography
Amos Kimunya was born in March 6, 1962, he is a Kenyan politician and former Member of Parliament for Kipipiri Constituency, he is the former Minister of Trade. He was Minister of Finance from 2006 to July 2008, when he resigned due to the Grand Regency Hotel scandal. Previously, he was the Minister of Lands and Settlement.
He is an aspirant Member of Parliament for Kipipiri constituency after he won the party primaries after he garnered 16,479 votes against Samuel Gichigi 5,999 votes.
Amos Kimunya Education
1987 – 1987 : Student of Strathmore College (Certified Public Accountant (K))
1983 – 1986 : Undergraduate Student of University of Nairobi, Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and Accounting.
1980- 1981 : Secondary School Student of Shimo La Tewa High School(‘A’ Level)
1976 – 1979 : Secondary School Student of Njabini Secondary School (‘O’ Level)
1969 – 1975 : Primary School Student of Kabati Primary School.
Amos Kimunya Political Positions
2013: Aspirant Member of Parliament for Kipipiri Constituency.
2008 – 4th March 2013 : Member of Parliament for Kipipiri
2009 – 2010 : Cabinet Minister for Trade (In acting capacity)
Started 2009 : Cabinet Minister of Transport
April 2008 – July 2008 : Cabinet Minister of Finance
Started 2007 : Member of Party of National Unity
2006 – 2007 : Cabinet Minister of Finance
2003 – 2007 : Member of Parliament for Kipipiri
2003 – 2006 : Cabinet Minister of Lands & Settlement
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Amos Kimunya Proffessional Experience
Amos Kimunya worked for the private firm of Carr Stanyer Gitau and Company as a CPA from 1986 to 1993, rising to the position of senior manager. In 1990 he was seconded to Neville Russel Chartered Accountants in London for two years. He qualified as a certified public secretary in 1992.
Two years later, Amos Kimunya founded Finmans Consulting in Nairobi. In 1997 the company merged with Matrix, and became known as Matrix Development Consultants. Kimunya was a director and consultant from 1998 until 2003, specializing in financial management and related consulting with special focus on the development sector.
Kimunya is a past chairman of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants, director at the Kenya College of Accountancy, member, National Year 2000 Steering Committee, convened to address the Y2K millennium bug, a council member of the Association of Professional Societies in East Africa, and the convenor of its finance and general purposes committee.
Amos Kimunya is also a past chairman, Muthaiga Golf Club – of which he is a director – and a member of the advisory board of the Kenya Anti-Corruption Authority, which was later transformed into the Anti-Corruption Police Unit Advisory Committee. Kimunya is a member of the government-appointed task force on the reform of penal laws and procedures, with a specific interest in the control of economic crimes.
He was in the eye of a national scandal when, on his watch as Finance Minister, he was implicated in the irregular sale of the Grand Regency Hotel to Libya for 18 million Euros in June 2008. (He insisted it had been sold for 29 million Euros.) Ironically, the Grand Regency had been recovered by the government from the architect of the Goldenberg scam, Kamlesh Patni, to compensate for some of the stolen billions.
When the raging debate finally reached Parliament, Kimunya was probed by the powerful Public Accounts Committee (PAC) under then Ikolomani MP Bonny Khalwale. PAC censored the minister for being corrupt, and recommended his suspension from the Cabinet.
In his characteristic arrogance, Kimunya said he would rather die than resign, claiming he was being wrongfully persecuted. It was after the committee’s verdict that Kimunya made the famous words in Kipipiri: “One thing I will not do is to resign. I would rather die than resign.”
Amos Kimunya Family,
Amos Kimunya Wife
Amos Kimunya is married to Lucy Kimunya.
Amos Kimunya Children
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