William Kabogo Gitau Biography and Profile
William Kabogo Gitau was born on 4th April 1961. He is a Kenyan politician and the former governor of Kiambu county.He is a member of The National Alliance. He was highly rated among the Members of 10th Parliament for being one of the most inquisitive and one who sought ministerial statements at the behest of his constituents.
William Kabogo sat for his Primary School Certificate in St. George’s and later joined Thika Technical High School for his secondary and tertiary education, where he obtained a Diploma in Electronics. He later proceeded to Panjab University, India for a Bachelor of Commerce; which he completed in 1982.
Following his return to Kenya, William Kabogo got employed as an auditor at the Auditor General’s office in the early 80’s. Working as an accountant for an international NGO, of which he later became its chief executive; a feat credited to his hard work. He decided to relocate to Mombasa to venture in diverse business endeavours, by and large investing in the transport, real estate and clearing and forwarding businesses.
In 2002, William Kabogo joined politics as a young man and won the Juja parliamentary seat. Since, he has been known to have initiated numerous development projects, including provision of tapped water, installation of electricity, and road construction works as well as, proper management of the bursary fund, construction of health centers and schools. In 2007, he defended his position for the Juja Parliamentary seat, which he controversially lost to George Thuo in a disputed election. In April 2010, he won a rigorous court battle brought about by his filing a petition to the High Court against George Thuo and that led to annulment of the latter’s election results.
William Kabogo Political & Personal Achievements
William Kabogo got re-elected to Parliament after a by-election held on 21st September 2010. To date, William Kabogo is highly rated among the Members of 10th Parliament for being one of the most inquisitive and one who sought ministerial statements at the behest of his constituents.
One of his most notable contributions was his agitation for repatriation of his constituents who had been subjected to slavery in Saudi Arabia and underwent torture in the hands of their masters. Another one was the repatriation of orphaned children. Their mother had died and they had been left abandoned in the streets of Maputo, Mozambique. Still not having depleted the pot of his practical munificence, he has aided in educating over 100 children via personal funds into secondary schools and universities.
The management of Juja Constituency Development Fund was recently ranked 5th in the country. This being aptly utilized has led to:
- the emergence of new health centers,
- construction of new classrooms,
- drilling of multiple boreholes that serve the locals,
- supply of electricity through the ‘Umeme Pamoja Schemes’,
- construction of modern Administration Police houses,
- boda boda and Jua kali shades,
- construction of county drainage systems,
- establishment of fish ponds and
- ensuring every civic ward has a new primary and secondary school fitted with modern sanitation facilities.
H.E. William Kabogo is the Governor of Kiambu County and his five year county agenda will be to tackle the county’s main problems of insecurity, youth unemployment, drug abuse and alcoholism. Issues that are all associated with education, health and urban planning.
William Kabogo Education
Undergraduate Student of Punjab University, India (Bachelor of Commerce)
- 1975 – 1978 : Secondary School Student of Thika Technical School(Kenya Certificate of Education)
- 1966 – 1974 : Primary School Student of St. Georges Ruiru (Certificate of Primary Education)
- 10th March 2013 – 8th August 2017 Governor for Kiambu county
- 13th February 2013 – Up to date : Coalition Member of Jubilee Alliance
- 14th January 2013 – Up to date : Member of The National Alliance (TNA)
Previous Political Positions
- 28th September 2010 – 4th March 2013 : Member of Parliament for Juja
- 2010 – 14th January 2013: Member of NARC – Kenya
- 2003 – 2007 : Member of Parliament for Juja
- 1983 : Auditor of Controller General
- 1984 – 1988 : Managing Director of Tototo Home Industries
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William Kabogo is married to Philomena Kabogo
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William Kabogo and his wife Philomena Kabogo are blessed with two known children, Andrew Kabogo and Alvin Kabogo.
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William Kabogo to defend his seat as an independent candidate
Kiambu governor William Kabogo on Sunday announced that he will defend his seat as an independent candidate.
The governor said he will seek re-election due to ” pressure to run for re-election as an independent candidate.”
William Kabogo lost the Kiambu gubernatorial Jubilee Party nominations to Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu.
Speaking at a media briefing in Oak Place Hotel, Garden Estate , Governor Kabogo dismissed the Jubilee Party nominations in Kiambu county as shambolic.
Mr Kabogo claimed his rival Mr Waititu had been sighted meeting with Jubilee returning officers at a secluded location on the eve of the nominations, and a car was later found stuffed with ballot papers for the governorship race.
William Kabogo – False Propaganda
“There were people who wanted to stop our campaign because of our transformation of our county by spreading false propaganda.”
William Kabogo added that his team has evidence that the nomonations were flawed and charaterised by “obvious” irregularities”.
The governor thanked his supporters for trusting him to bring change in Kiambu county.
“Thank you for trusting me to govern you for the last four years because the transformation we have done in this great county I couldn’t have done it without your support,” he said.
He alleged that he had submitted a memorandum to the Jubilee Party listing irregularities observed during the nominations, but which was never acted on.
William Kabogo – Done My Best
“It has been a long journey in Jubilee and I have done my best. But since it seems like there are huge powers that need to keep me away, I am saying that for now I am doing what it is that that memorandum said: I don’t agree with these nominations,” he told journalists.
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A titanic battle between William Kabogo and Ferdinand Waititu
A titanic battle pitting Kiambu Governor William Kabogo and pugnacious Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu is shaping up in the race for the county’s top seat.
From court battles to political platforms, William Kabogo and Mr Waititu have not spared any effort in fighting for the coveted position.
However, there are five aspirants, namely James Nyoro, David Ngari, commonly known as Bishop Gakuyo, trader John Mugwe, Njoki Gathendu and Gakure Kanyanja who have also announced their interest.
Both Mr Nyoro and Mr Kanyanja contested the seat in 2013 but lost to Kabogo. They came second and third respectively.
Waititu, Nyoro and Mr Mugwe come from Limuru and Kabete in upper Kiambu while Mr Gakuyo and Ms Gathendu are from Thika and Ruiru in lower Kiambu.
The aspirants, with the exception of Kanyanja, have formed an alliance and talks are said to be underway for plans to field one of them to face Kabogo in the Jubilee Party primaries slated for April.
Unconfirmed reports indicated that the aspirants were considering supporting Waititu, with Nyoro as his running mate.
But William Kabogo, who comes from Ruiru in lower Kiambu, is leaving nothing to chance to ensure that he secures a second term.
William Kabogo has been crisis-crossing all 60 wards in the county to woo voters over the last few months. Lower Kiambu has five constituencies – Ruiru, Juja, Thika Town, Gatundu South and Gatundu North.
The governor has also been meeting people from outside the Kikuyu community living and working in the county as the search for votes goes full throttle.
Waititu has also been traversing the county meeting women and youth groups. The governor hopeful has also been attending church events, funerals and other public gatherings.
He has also made unexpected visits to markets and bus parks in the county, where he has met residents and sold his agenda to them.
The two politicians have been using public meetings to discredit each other.
This will be William Kabogo fifth term in political office if he wins the Jubilee nomination ticket. The flamboyant politician made his political debut in 2002 as a political greenhorn, surprising many when he clinched the Juja parliamentary seat via the little-known Sisi kwa Sisi party.
William Kabogo felled by a newcomer George Thuo
In 2007, he was felled by a newcomer George Thuo. He however filed a petition, which he won in 2010.
In the subsequent by-election, the governor shocked many when he defied the influence of Government machinery and clinched the Juja seat on a Narc-Kenya ticket, handing Thuo, who was vying through the Party of National Unity, a humiliating defeat.
Speaking in Kiambu town recently, Kabogo said he was now a seasoned politician and was confident of winning a second term.
William Kabogo tenure as the first Kiambu governor has not been a bed of roses. For the last four years, the county has been embroiled in political wrangles pitting him against the majority of area Members of Parliament.
William Kabogo has also been at loggerheads with Members of the County Assembly on several occasions, and survived at least two impeachment bids.
Of the county’s 12 MPs, only Ruiru’s Esther Gathogo and Juja’s Francis Waititu support his re-election.
The governor known to have deep pockets has also been at pains on the campaign trail to erase the notion that he is arrogant and out of touch with the common man.
Pictures of him sitting on the ground with ordinary folk drinking sodas, and eating bananas and boiled maize bought from roadside food kiosks in remote areas have become common as he tries to prove to residents that he is one of them.
Waititu, who has vowed to ensure that he becomes Kiambu’s second governor, is also fighting the perception from some residents that he is an outsider.
The MP shifted his political base to Kiambu in 2015, when he vied for the Kabete parliamentary seat after the death of area MP George Muchai.
He lost the Nairobi governor’s seat to Orange Democratic Movement’s Evans Kidero in the 2013 elections.
Prior to that, he was the MP for Embakasi constituency and an assistant minister in retired President Mwai Kibaki’s government. He has also been a councillor in Dandora, Nairobi, where he rose to become the capital’s city’s deputy mayor.
A number of residents do not believe he is the right person for the job as they feel he has not been a resident of the county.
When Waititu was elected as the Kabete lawmaker, Kabogo described the constituents as an embarrassment to the county for electing “an outsider”.
The fiery legislator, known to be a crowd puller, is also battling criticism from some residents who say he is not fit for the governorship because he allegedly harbours traits of hooliganism.
The MP has in the past been captured on camera leading residents in stone-throwing demonstrations to protest perceived ills.
He has however received accolades from many residents who say he is “grassroots person”.
He also has the backing of the majority of MPs from the county. Among the legislators supporting his bid for the governorship is Alice Ng’ang’a (Thika Town), one of Kabogo’s fiercest critic.
Governor William Kabogo remains unfazed by the possibility of facing an opponent for his seat.
During a meet-the-people tour in Ruiru recently, he said he was not worried because his track record was good enough to get him re-elected.
“I hear that five people want to come together with the sole aim of defeating me. I want to let them know that I will show them dust at the ballot. This year’s election will be my fifth one and I can tell you I’m not prepared to lose,” he said.
The possibility of a third force in the race cannot overruled.
Mr Kanyanja, a former senior manager at National Bank of Kenya, has maintained that he will not be forming a coalition with anyone but will go it alone.