Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership
Republic of Kenya / Jamhuri ya Kenya (White women got suffrage 1919 and others 1956/63) Independent 1963 and a republic 1964
Assistant Minister of Housing and Social Services Dr. Julia Ojiambo
1979-83 Assistant Minister of Education
Chairperson of the Labour Party of Kenya since 1993 and Vice-Presidential Candidate in 2007. (b. 1936-)
Circa 1991-93 Assistant Minister of Culture and Social Affairs Grace Ogot
1992-95 Assistant Minister
of Public Works and Housing Winifred Nyiva Kitili Mwendwa
1995-98 Minister of National Heritage, Culture and Social Affairs
Also known as Winnie, she was MP for KANU 1974-79 and 1992-98.
1996-97 Assistant Minister of Education Agnes Mutindi Ndetei
1998 Assistant Minister of
Gender and Community Development Marere wa Mwachai
1998-2001 Assistant Minister of Home Affairs, National Heritage, Culture and Social Affairs
2001-02 Assistant Minister of Heritage and Sports
Minister of Health Charity Kaluki
2008-13 Minister of Water and Irrigation
2013- Secretary for Land, Housing and Urban development
MP 1992-97, Leader of the Parliamentary Group of the Social Democratic Party 1992-97, Leader of Women Political Alliance 2000-13 and also Leader of National Party of Kenya 2001-13 and from 2001 one of the leaders of the opposition Rainbow Coalition, which won the elections in 2002. Before the elections it was agreed that she would become Prime Minister when the constitution was changed, but the proposed change was turned down in a referendum in November 2005. Presidential Candidate in 1997. (b. 1952-)
2003-05 Minister of Water Resources Martha Wangari Karua
2005-09 Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs
2006-08 Deputy Leader of Government Business in Parliament
2008-09 Minister of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs
MP from 1992, National chairperson of the NARC-Kenya political party from 2008 and Presidential Candidate in 2012. (b . 1957-).
2003-04 Minister of State in the Office of
the Vice-President Linah Jebii Kilimo
2004-05 Minister of State of Home Affairs
2005 Minister of State in the Office of the President in charge of Immigration
Assistant Minister of Local Government Betty Njeri Tett
2004-07 Assistant Minister of Housing
2003-04 Assistant Minister of Tourism and Information Beth Wambui Mugo
2004-07 Assistant Minister of Basic Education
2008- Minister of Public Health and Sanitation
Interim Chairperson of Narc-Kenya in 2006.
2003-07 Assistant Minister of
Environment, Natural Resources and
Wildlife Prof. Wangari Maathai
Leading member of the opposition against former president Moi, an environmentalist activist and detained several times, Presidential Candidate in 1997, Leader of the The Mazingira Green Party of Kenya 2002-11, MP 2002-07 Awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize for her work for the environment and women's liberation in 2004. She lived (1940-2011).
2003-07 Assistant Minister of Equality, Sport, Culture and Social Services Alicen Jemaita Chelaite
of Foreign Affairs Rebecca Nabutola
From 2004 Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Gender, Sports, Culture and Social Services
2004-05 Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Former Ambassador and from 2005 Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Regional Authorities.
Minister of Labour and Human Resource Management Adelina Mwau
Lost her parliamentary seat in 2007
2007 Assistant Minister of Transport Cecily Mbarire
2008-13 Assistant Minister for Tourism
2008 Minister of State for Special Programmes of the Office of the President Naomi Namsi Shaban
2008-10 Minister of Special Programmes
2010-13 Minister of Gender, Children and Social Development
Appointed by Kibaki whose re-election as President was critizised by foreign observers and was followed by serious unrest. Reappointed to the powersharing Grand-Coalition Government later in the year.
Gender, Children and Social Development Esther Murugi Mathenge
2010-13 Minister of Special Programmes
Minister of Youth and Sports
Dr. Hellen Jepkemoi Sambili . (b. 1949-).
2010-11 Minister for East African Community
2008-11 Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Dr. Sally Jepngetich Kosgey
High Commissioner to United Kingdom 1985-90, Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs 1991-97 Permanent Secretary of Finance 1997-98, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the President 1998-2001, Head of the Civil Service 2001-07 and from 2003 concurrently Cabinet Secretary
. (b. 1949-).
2008 (†) Assistant Minster of Home Affairs Lorna Laboso
She was killed in a plane crash together with the Minister of Roads. Her sister, Laboso Joyce Cherono, was elected in a by-election as her successor, and became Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly in 2013.
2008-13 Assistant Minister for
2008-13 Assistant Minister for Housing Bishop Margaret Wanjiru
2008-13 Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Wavinya Ndeti
2010-11 Assistant Minister of Mineral Resources Margaret
2011-13 Minister of Higher Education
2010-11 Assistant Minister of Mineral Resources Margaret
2013- Secretary of Foreign Affairs Amina Mohamed Jibril
Ambassador to United Nations in Geneva 2000-06, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs 2008-11, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme 2011-13 and considered as the favourite for the post of Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union in 2017.
2013- Secretary of Defence Raychelle Awour Omamo
Former Ambassador to France, Portugal, The Holy See, Serbia and UNESCO.
2013- Secretary of Devolution and Planning Ann Waiguru
2013- Secretary of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Judy Wakhungu
2013- Secretary of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism Phyllis Chepkosgey Kandie
Last updates 02.02.17