Mutahi Ngunyi Biography and Profile
Mutahi Ngunyi is a political scientist who has taught at the University of Nairobi, University of Leeds (Visiting Research Fellow), University of Helsinki in Finland (Visiting Research Fellow), Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (Associate Research Fellow) and the Scandinavian Institute for African Studies (SIAS) as a researcher on structural adjustments and political conditionality.
Mutahi Ngunyi Career
Ngunyi is currently the Principal Fellow at both TCH and IPEX.Mr. Mutahi Ngunyi Mr. Ngunyi has worked and consulted in more than 15 countries of Africa and Europe.
His main areas of competence include policy research, short term studies, evaluations and strategic reviews. He is currently the CEO of Consult Afrika, a research consortium operating in ten countries of Africa and involved in knowledge management.
Mr. Ngunyi has also taught and worked as a researcher in a number of universities and institutions in Kenya and Europe. He also served as the director of an East African research and publishing NGO operating in the Great Lakes Region. Under this NGO, he was the publisher and editor of a number of publications.
Mr. Ngunyi’s has undertaken assignments for inter alia, DFID-London, Review of National Action Plans for Small and Light Weapons in Uganda and Kenya.
Mutahi Ngunyi Tyranny of Numbers Kenya
Tyranny of Numbers was a hypothesis that was generated by Mutahi Ngunyi with a conclusion that Raila Odinga and his ‘CORD Alliance’ would lose the 2013 election to Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Alliance, the moment the voter registration ended on December 18, 2012.
The “Tyranny of Numbers” makes a plausible but trivial claim, that is, that Kenya’s voting is historically influenced by ethnicity. This claim is plausible because identity is central to our national life- as it is in Belgium, Lebanon and any other multicultural country you may care to name. It is trivial because no one has ever won an election in Kenya through exclusive ethnic votes without mobilizing at least three ethnic groups and so undercutting the argument that people vote ethnicity.
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He is credited with some pithy, if not sometimes unpalatable, political analyses. Mr Mutahi Ngunyi, the man at the centre of the National Youth Service (NYS) storm at the Devolution ministry, has not been short of ideas and comments on nearly everything.
After allegations emerged of irregular tendering and payments at the NYS, which has been undergoing restructuring, former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru said she had stopped an attempt to steal Sh826 million through the government’s Integrated Financial Management Information Systems. The Consulting House, which is associated with Mr Ngunyi, was brought on board to work on the reform blueprint for NYS.
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Mutahi Ngunyi – Why I have beef with Raila Odinga
Controversial political scientist Mutahi Ngunyi whose infamous ‘POVERTY STRICKEN LUOs’ ethnic slur sent Nyanza residents huffing with fury found himself in unfamiliar territory when a tyranny of furious ‘twitterati’ descended on him with tweets and blows.
For a week, he held his ground: “YES. Statistics: 82 percent of people in BONDO live below poverty line.” But when Law Society of Kenya asked the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to investigate hate speech claims against him, it probably dawned on him that he had gone too far.
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“I apologise to the LUO NATION unreservedly. No harm INTENDED. I am a product of Luo SCHOLARS whom I RESPECT immensely. I eat the HUMBLE PIE,” he tweeted, before telling a TV reporter in a hushed and apologetic voice, “I feel bad about this.”
When the The Nairobian sought Ngunyi, he emphasised once more that he had nothing against the Luo nation but that his beef was with Raila.
“In 2007, I stuck my neck out for him, and said Kibaki should hand over power to Raila because he (Raila) had won the elections fair and square. Raila instead got into a power sharing deal with Kibaki and turned his back on us. He further went and added my name on the list of Mungiki after post-election violence. I took that personally. That’s my problem with Raila,” explains Ngunyi.
Mutahi Ngunyi equates Raila to Moses in the bible, saying “Our Moses was Raila, and we sent him to negotiate with Pharoah, only for him to turn his back on us. He got invited into Pharaoh’s table and he forgot about his Israelites.”
He, however, says that before 2007, he had an amicable relationship with Raila.
“We both grew up in Eastlands and one person I used to admire was Jaramogi (Raila’s father). I also admired Raila greatly because he gave us dreams, dreams that we could topple the Kanu regime. I admired him, until he became a turn coat revolutionary.”
Speaking to the Luo Nation, Mutahi Ngunyi apologised once more for his tweet: “I can assure you that the tweet wasn’t premeditated. I apologise for the unintended hurt it caused all Luos,” said Ngunyi adding that he is ready to face the Luo Council of Elders with a goat to seek forgiveness.
Ngunyi explained that his tweet was in reference to those segments of that community whose poverty has been perpetuated intentionally for political reasons.
“I quoted Bondo for instance whose 82 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line. Kibera is another case in point, where its liberation from poverty through NYS has been opposed by political strongholds. Victims of this ‘poverty-producing’ scheme are the ones I was referring to when I talked about Luos who are ‘stricken’ by poverty,” he said.
Mutahi Ngunyi wants to settle in Kisumu when he retires
“I want to spend my retirement years in Kisumu, having intellectual discourse with Luo professors, many, who have been my mentors. If I retired and went to Nyeri, I won’t have any intellectual conversations because everybody will be discussing land and cattle,” he quipped.
But Dr Oriare Nyarwath, who was two years behind Ngunyi in campus, described him as an activist who has forgotten his calling because he is a beneficiary of the system.
“If I remember, Ngunyi only turned to be pro-government the other day. Initially, he was critical of regimes, but of late we have seen him getting consultancy deals from the government so has to be on the side of the regime. He has now taken sides, and what he does is purely politicking,” said Dr Nyarwath