Joseph Ole lenku Biography

Joseph Ole lenku is the current governor of Kajiado County after winning the 2017 general election . He was born on 20th October 1970 in Kajiado county. He is the chairman of the SACCO societies Regulatory Authority. He is the former cabinet secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government.

During his first year in office, Joseph Ole lenku steered significant reforms in the security sector, including a robust crack-down on drug trafficking, reforms of the police force and increase in its budget and devolution of security. In the wake of the terrorist attack on the Westgate Mall in September 2013, Lenku spearheaded the rolling out of a new security framework known as “Nyumba Kumi” (ten households) anchored on the larger concept of community policing.

In the 2017 general election he will run for Kajiado gubernatorial seat after winning the jubilee party nomination. He will face the incumbent  Dr David Nkedianye of the Orange Democratic Party.

Joseph Ole lenku Education Background

He obtained a certificate in project management from Greece and a
certificate in corporate governance (company directorship), among many other workshops and conferences on corporate governance, public and security management.

Graduate student at the University of Nairobi,  Master of Business Administration in strategic management.

2006: Undergraduate student at the University of Nairobi, Bachelor of Commerce in marketing

1995: Student at Kenya Utalii College, diploma in hotel management

1987- 1990 :Secondary school student at Nakuru High School, Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

1984–1986: Primary school student at  D.E.B. Loitokitok, Certificate of Primary Education (CPE)

1982–1983: Primary school student at Nkama Primary School

1980-1981: Primary school student at Ilbisel Primary School

1979: Primary school student at Lenkisim Primary School.

Joseph Ole lenku Career

Serena Hotels
1996- 1998:  Assistant lodge manager in charge of training at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge in Tanzania

  • Serena Hotels, a chain of luxury resorts, safari lodges and hotels that operates in Eastern Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Mozambique) and in Southern Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan).

1998- 1999: Serengeti Serena, Tanzania.

  • He developed training standards for the food and beverage departments for which he got commendation from the top leadership of Serena Hotels.

1999-2000:  Manager at Kilaguni Serena Lodge

2000- 2003: General Manager at Serena Lodge.

2004- 2005: General Manager of the David Livingstone Safari Resort, a five-star lodge in the Maasai Mara

2005-2013: Ole Lenku joined government service, serving first in the tourism and hospitality industry as the head of a parastatal and then moving to the security sector. He was appointed the general Manager at the Kenya Utalii College, a state-owned corporation designed as the country’s centr of excellence in technical training in the tourism and hospitality industry.

2006: Joseph Ole lenku chaired a team that forged a partnership framework between the college and the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), enabling it to run the bank’s Karen Leadership Centre.

2006 – 2009:Joseph Ole lenku oversaw the execution of another partnership framework which enabled the Kenya Utalii College to manage the hospitality operations of the Kenya School of Monetary Studies. He served at the college until May 2013, when President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed him as the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government.

Joseph Ole Lenku as Cabinet Secretary

He was appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government on 23 May 2013 by President Uhuru Kenyatta, becoming the third minister in the security docket to come from Kajiado County, after George Saitoti and Katoo Ole Metito.Critics, mainly in opposition, cited his training in hotel management and lack of prior background in security matters to demand for his sacking.

Ole Lenku spearheaded the Nyumba Kumi (ten households) security initiative aimed at bringing to the door step of individual citizens the mandate to ensure their own safety by knowing a few things about their neighbours as a security strategy to contain insecurity.On 7 October 2013, he announced that the government was working on a framework to put in place the Nyumba Kumi initiative across the country.

Political Career

In 2003, following the death of Kajiado South member of parliament Geoffrey Mepukori Parpai, Ole Lenku vied for the seat on the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) ticket, but lost the nomination to Katoo Ole Metito. After the by-election, Ole Lenku resumed his corporate management career in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Joseph Ole Lenku Family, Wife and Children

Joseph Ole Lenku is married to Edna Chelangat Lenku.

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