In the elections that are scheduled to take place today, Thursday, September 8, Moses Masika Wetangula has indicated that he is interested in running for the position of Speaker of the National Assembly.
William Ruto’s win in the presidential election gave Kenya Kwanza hope, so they have backed Wetangula as the coalition’s top choice for the job.
Wetangula’s career in governance has spanned over 30 years, and if he is successful in his ambition to lead the country’s second arm of government, he would have reached the height of his career in governance and would be the third in charge in the pecking order.
After receiving a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Nairobi, Wetangula was selected by the Judiciary as a chief magistrate. In 1983, he was elevated to District Magistrate.
Then, Wetangula abandoned his employment to pursue private law practice via his law firm, Wetangula & Company Advocates. He is famous for defending the soldiers who were accused of planning the failed coup in 1982.
Wetangula made his debut in national politics in 1993 when the Kenya African National Union (KANU) nominated him as a Member of Parliament, a position he held until 1997. In 2002, he was chosen to be a representative for Sirisia. This was the first time he had a job in politics.
However, his time at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stands out among his many years of leadership. Wetangula was appointed to the high-ranking position in 2008 after his participation in former President Mwai Kibaki’s 2007 election campaign.
But the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) didn’t like the election results, so they had to talk about how to settle the disagreement.
Wetangula was among the Kibaki’s Party of National Unity-PNU participants in the arbitration process led by the late Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary-general. He took part in talks with Martha Karua that led to the signing of the National Accord in 2008, which brought peace back to Kenya.
Upon the formation of the Government of National Unity in April 2008, he was later reinstated to his job as Minister of Foreign Affairs. He held the job for four years and did a lot to shape the government’s foreign policy during that time.
Notably, Wetangula was stranded in Bamako, Mali, following a 2012 military coup while on an official visit. In March 2012, upon his return to the country, Wetangula was reassigned to the Ministry of Trade.
Wetangula led his FORD Kenya party to an affiliation deal with the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy during the 2013 elections (CORD). He was also elected as the county’s first senator, a position he held for ten years.
Before the 2022 election, Wetangula made a surprising move by aligning himself with President-elect William Ruto and the Kenya Kwanza Coalition. He has been praised for getting a lot of people to support Ruto in Bungoma County, which was seen as stronghold for the ODM.