Moody Arthur Awori (born 5 December 1928), known as "Uncle Moody", is a former Kenyan politician who served as the ninth Vice President of Kenya from 25 September 2003[1] to 9 January 2008.[2] He is also the author of Riding on a Tiger, an autobiography about his life in politics.

Moody Awori
9th Vice President of Kenya
In office
25 September 2003 – 9 January 2008
PresidentMwai Kibaki
Preceded byMichael Kijana Wamalwa
Succeeded byKalonzo Musyoka
Personal details
Born (1928-12-05) 5 December 1928 (age 95)
Busia, Kenya
SpouseRose Awori
RelationsAggrey Awori (brother)
Susan Wakhungu-Githuku (niece)
Judi Wakhungu (niece)
Alma materMakerere University

Personal life edit

Moody Arthur Awori was born in Butere the capital of the former Butere/Mumias District to Canon Jeremiah Awori and Mariamu Awori.[1][3] He was one of their 16 children, a good number of whom went on to hold different senior positions in politics, medicine, and other sectors.[4]

Awori's eldest brother, Musa, died of a snake bite in infancy. His older brother, W.W.W. Awori, served on the Legislative Council in the 1950s. His younger brother Aggrey Awori is a politician in Uganda who came third in the presidential elections of 2001.[5] His sister, Mary Okelo [fr], is a founder and CEO of the Makini Schools.[6][7]

His brother, Professor Nelson Wanyama Awori, led the team that carried out black Africa's first successful kidney transplant which was performed at Nairobi Hospital in 1978.[8] Another brother, Hannington Ochwada Awori, was one of the pioneer civil engineers in Kenya.[citation needed]

Moody Awori attended Mang'u High School, and later joined Kakamega School.[9] Subsequently, he studied at Makerere University in Uganda. He is a devout Roman Catholic.[1]

Politics edit

Moody Awori was first elected as a Member of Parliament representing Funyula Constituency in Busia District in Western Province in 1984.[1][10] Under President Daniel arap Moi, he served in several positions as assistant minister.[1][10]

Awori broke with the ruling party, KANU, in 2002 and joined the National Rainbow Coalition opposition party, and served as chairman of NARC's top decision making organ.[1] When Moi was succeeded by Mwai Kibaki, Awori was made Minister of Home Affairs in January 2003[10] and then vice-president (while remaining in charge of Home Affairs) in September 2003, following the death of the previous vice-president, Michael Kijana Wamalwa, in London.[1]

In the December 2007 parliamentary election, he lost his parliamentary seat.[11][12] On 8 January 2008, Kibaki named Kalonzo Musyoka to replace Awori as vice-president and Minister of Home Affairs,[12] and Awori handed over the office on 9 January. Awori, describing Musyoka as "a friend and political son", said that he believed Musyoka was "equal to the task", while Musyoka said that he had "deep respect" for Awori, who he called "a true gentleman".[13]

Anglo Leasing Scandal edit

He has recently been implicated in the Anglo Leasing scandal in a report published on 22 January 2006 by John Githongo. He has insisted upon his innocence and refused to resign, saying he saw no reason to. In February 2006, eighty Members of Parliament demanded his resignation, threatening street protests if their requests were not met.[14] A few days later protestors on the streets of Nairobi called for his resignation as part of a wider anti-corruption demonstration.[15] After this was not achieved, the Social Reform Centre said that he was undermining the integrity of his office by refusing to step down and promised to continue protesting.[16] In a 22 February interview with the Public Accounts Committee Awori blamed civil servants, claiming to have been misled and that he had had nothing to do with any wrongdoing.[17] .

Awards edit

Moody Awori the founder chairman of the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries.

He holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from the Southern New Hampshire University in the United States of America. He was awarded the degree in May 2004 in recognition of his many years of dedicated service to the disadvantaged in society, particularly the disabled and the poor. tute of Secretaries.

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the nation and the society in general, the Kenyan Government decorated him with two high level State awards – Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS) and Elder of the Golden Heart (EGH).

On the eve of his 91st birthday, President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed him the chair of the Sports Funds Board, saying that young people have for far too long been appointed to those positions but failed to stop theft of public funds, so it was time to try an older Kenyan. The President asked Kenyans who thought Uncle Moody was too old for the task to leave him alone.

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Page on Awori at Vice-President web site Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Awori Hands Over to Kalonzo", The East African Standard, 10 January 1998.
  3. ^ Kenya Government Bio Archived 2005-07-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ reporter, Nairobian. "The Immortals:Why the Aworis are the Kennedys of Kenya". Standard Entertainment and Lifestyle. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  5. ^ ""Kibaki's new cabinet"". Archived from the original on 16 January 2006. Retrieved 20 February 2006.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link), The Standard (Kenya).
  6. ^ "Inside one famous family of scholars and top leaders". Nation. 5 July 2020. Retrieved 28 July 2023.
  7. ^ "Kenya Women Billionaires: The Story of Mary Okello -". 5 October 2021. Retrieved 28 July 2023.
  8. ^ "Prof. NO Awori, May 1986 - Nov 1986". University of Nairobi - Department of Surgery.
  9. ^ "Old boys". Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  10. ^ a b c Kenya Parliament profile Archived 2006-04-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Reviews under way in Kenya vote", BBC News, 30 December 2007.
  12. ^ a b "Kalonzo VP in Kibaki’s new Cabinet" Archived 2008-02-13 at the Wayback Machine, The Standard, 9 January 2008.
  13. ^ Mutinda Mwanzia, "Kenya: Awori Hands Over to Kalonzo", The East African Standard, 10 January 2008.
  14. ^ "Travel ban in Kenya scam inquiry", BBC News, 14 February 2006.
  15. ^ "Kenyans demand more graft scalps", BBC News, 17 February 2006.
  16. ^ Nzau Musau, "Groups declare war on Awori", Kenya Times, 22 February 2006.
  17. ^ "Kenyan VP passes buck over graft", BBC News, 22 February 2006.

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Political offices
Preceded by Vice-President of Kenya
Succeeded by