Ruto's galaxy of millionaire cabinet nominees worth Sh15.25b

Speaker of the National Assembly and chair of the Committee of appointments Moses Wetangula. [Kelly Ayodi, Standard]

The 24 Cabinet Secretary nominees picked by President William Ruto are collectively worth Sh15.25 billion invested in land, apartments, ranches, aircraft as well as high-end vehicles.

According to own declarations, Prime Cabinet Secretary nominee Musalia Mudavadi claims the crown with a net worth of Sh4 billion while Lands, Housing and Urban Development Cabinet Secretary nominee Zachariah Njeru is the poorest millionaire worth Sh80 million.

Mudavadi joined politics 33 years ago as Sabatia MP following the death of his father Moses Mudavadi. He has previously served as a minister, Vice President and Deputy Prime Minister during late President Daniel arap Moi and late President Mwai Kibaki's tenure.

“When I look at my investments in various companies shares, rental income and other properties that I own, I can say I am currently worth Sh4 billion,” Mudavadi told the parliamentary Appointment's Committee chaired by Speaker Moses Wetang'ula.

The second richest appointee is Agriculture Cabinet Secretary nominee Mithika Linturi. He told the vetting panel that he is worth Sh1.2 billion spread in developed property, vehicles, sacco shares and investment in various companies.

Cooperative and Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Cabinet Secretary nominee Simon Chelugui said he is worth Sh993 million.

Ironically, Chelugui who has been beaten to a third place was the richest Cabinet secretary in 2017 at the time he was vetted to join the Uhuru Kenyatta administration. At the time, he said he was worth Sh796 million when he was vetted as Labour CS in 2017. His declaration on Thursday means his wealth has grown by 197 million.

“I own a dairy plant, rental houses, vehicles, residences. I am also a farmer with a cumulative ownership of my various properties coming up to Sh993 million which shows my property has increased by almost Sh200 since I was to join the Cabinet for the first time,” said Chelugui.

At the same time, economist Prof Njuguna Ndungu, nominated to be Treasury Cabinet Secretary said he was worth Sh950 million from his salary from African Economic Research Consortium, financial investment and gratuity.

Ministry of Defence Cabinet Secretary nominee Aden Duale said his worth is Sh851 million with his sources mainly being rental houses, livestock and various assets.

Trade, Investment Promotion and Industry Cabinet Secretary nominee Moses Kuria is worth Sh750 million invested  in real estate and shares in manufacturing, fintech and energy sectors.

Attorney General nominee Justin Muturi said his net worth was Sh700 million in farming, consultancies, several properties and pension from Parliament.

ICT and Digital Economy Cabinet Secretary nominee Eliud Owalo said his net worth was Sh645 million which include Sh200 million worth of land upcountry and Sh160 million commercial tree planting project.

“My Nairobi home is worth Sh120 million, rural home Sh70 million. I also own an incomplete hotel facility worth Sh80 million and will be worth Sh293 million when complete. I also own vehicles worth Sh15 million,” Owalo told the panel.

Education Cabinet Secretary nominee Ezekiel Machogu said he was worth Sh590 million with building properties in Nairobi, Mombasa and Ngong, land in Kisii, Nyamira and Nairobi and several vehicles.

Roads, Transport and Public Works Cabinet Secretary nominee Kipchumba Murkomen said his net worth was Sh550 million in land in Trans Nzoia, Narok, Kajiado and Nairobi, houses in Eldoret and Nairobi, vehicles and law practice.

The list of the nominees worth over Sh500 million is closed by Interior Cabinet Secretary nominee Kithure Kindiki whose net worth was Sh544 million, telling the committee his sources of income was businesses, consultancy services and legal practice.

Energy Cabinet Secretary nominee Davis Chirchir said he was worth Sh 482 million in rental properties, farm, homes and salaries forming the core of his investments.

Secretary to the Cabinet nominee Mercy Wanjau said she is worth Sh475 million including her homes, farm, apartments and rental houses.

Youth Affairs, Sports and Arts Cabinet Secretary Cabinet Secretary Nominee Ababu Namwamba placed his worth at Sh425 million which includes homes in Nairobi and upcountry, shares in Safaricom, Cooperative Bank, Kenya Power, pension and two water vessels.

Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Cabinet Secretary nominee Alfred Mutua said he has Sh420 million in hotels, apartments and other businesses. But his worth was challenged by Junet Mohamed who argued that he knew he had a hotel in Machakos worth a fortune.

Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage Cabinet Secretary nominee said she was worth Sh300 million in land in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kitui and Kajiado.

“Besides owning land worth Sh240 million, I have shares worth Sh30 million in four saccos, three vehicles worth Sh10 million and farming activities worth Sh20 million,” said Malonza.

Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Nominee Alice Wahome said she was worth Sh218 million from rental houses, law firm, property and salary.

Labour Cabinet Secretary nominee Florence Bore said she was worth Sh200 million including a farm and home in Kericho worth Sh60 million, Sh25 million home in Nairobi, several land parcels and vehicles.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary nominee Soipan Tuya said she was worth Sh156 million being three homes in Nairobi and Narok, apartments, land in Kitengela, dairy business and shares in Parliament sacco.

Health Cabinet Secretary nominee Susan Wafula is worth Sh101 million which includes a town house, apartment at Syokimau, land in Kakamega, Bungoma, Trans Nzoia and Kangundo and shares in two saccos.

Gender, Public Service and Affirmative Action Cabinet Secretary nominee Aisha Jumwa said she was worth Sh100 million which includes two houses in Nairobi and Malindi and some side hustles.

The last in the galaxy of billionaires and millionaires to actualise the hustlers' dreams is Lands, Housing and Urban Development Cabinet Secretary nominee Zachariah Njeru who is worth Sh80 million, which include a home in Nakuru, land, shares in investment groups and Saccos.