Arthur Moody Awori is one of Kenya’s oldest politicians who still wield power and influence in the country despite their advanced age.
The 91-year-old politician has a rich political history spanning over 35 years as an elected MP and senior government official with his highest rank being serving as the country’s vice president from September 2003 to December 2007.
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TUKO.co.ke looks at his early life, education and political journey that has placed him at the centre of power for decades.
Early life and education.
Awori or Uncle Moody as he is popularly known was born on December 5, 1928, his parents being Canon Jeremiah Awori and Mariamu Awori.
He was born in a family of 16 siblings, most of whom hold different senior positions in politics, medicine, and other sectors.
Uncle Moody attended Mang’u High School in 1935 and later joined Kakamega School. He attended Makerere University in Uganda for his undergraduate studies.
He holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from the Southern New Hampshire University in the United States of America.
The veteran politician was also awarded another honorary degree in May 2004 in recognition of his dedication to help the disadvantaged in society, particularly the disabled and the poor through his foundations.
Awori is married to Rose Awori and they have five children; two sons and three daughters.
Awori was first elected MP for Funyula constituency in 1984 on then president Daniel Moi’s KANU party.
He remained in KANU and defended his seat until 2002 when he parted ways with Moi and joined the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) under the leadership of retired president Mwai Kibaki.
Having acquired vast experience as a longstanding assistant minister in Moi’s government, Awori was picked by Kibaki to serve as the country’s minister for home affairs in January 2003 and later became the vice president following the death of Michael Wamalwa Kijana.
Uncle moody lost grip of power in 2007 when he was floored in the Funyula parliamentary race by Paul Otuoma of ODM.
Despite losing the contest, Awori remained a key political player in government and Western Kenya politics where he was regarded as an elder and senior political adviser.
His cordial relationship with the ruling class has seen him remain a powerful figure with more state appointment coming his way.
On the eve of his 91st birthday, President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Uncle Moody the chair of the Sports Funds Board.
Uhuru claimed old people like Uncle Moody for more reliable and trustworthy unlike young people who have the have of misappropriating public funds.
About two weeks ago, the government appointed the former VP as a member of the COVID-19 response team in the Lake region.
He has also been decorated with two high-level State awards; Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS) and Elder of the Golden Heart (EGH) in recognition of his work.
Family of leaders and scholars
Awori’s younger brother Aggrey Awori is a politician in Uganda who came third in the presidential elections of 2001.
His sister, Mary Okello, is a founder and CEO of the high-end Makini Schools.
Nelson Wanyama Awori, a professor of medicine is a renowned medic whos was among the team that carried out black Africa’s first successful kidney transplant which was performed at Nairobi Hospital in 1978.
Another brother, Hannington Ochwada Awori, is said to have been one of the pioneer civil engineers in Kenya.
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