Moody Awori (born 5 December 1928), known as "Uncle Moody", was
Vice President of Kenya
Vice President of Kenya from 25 September 2003 to 9
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Awori was born in Butere. He went to
Mang'u High School
Mang'u High School in 1935,
and later Kakamega School. Subsequently, he studied at Makerere
University in Uganda.
He was first elected as a Member of Parliament representing Funyula
Constituency in Busia District in Western Province in 1983.
Under President Daniel arap Moi, he served in several positions as
Awori broke with the ruling party, KANU, in 2002 and joined the
National Rainbow Coalition opposition party, and is chairman of
NARC’S top decision making organ. When Moi was succeeded by Mwai
Kibaki, Awori was made Minister of Home Affairs in January 2003 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.
In the December 2007 parliamentary election he lost his seat in
Parliament. On 8 January 2008, Kibaki named
Kalonzo Musyoka to
replace Awori as Vice-President and Minister of Home Affairs, 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".
A devout Roman Catholic, Awori is married to Rose Awori. The couple
has five children, two sons and three daughters.
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. His sister,
Mary Okello, is a founder and CEO of the Makini Schools.
His brother, Professor Nelson Wanyama Awori, led the team that carried
out black Africa's first successful kidney transplant which was
Nairobi Hospital in 1978.
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. A few days later protestors on the streets of
for his resignation as part of a wider anti-corruption
demonstration. After this was not achieved, the Social Reform
Centre said that he was undermining the integrity of his office in
refusing to step down and promised to continue protesting. In a
February 22 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.
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He is also the founder chairman of the Association for the Physically
Disabled of Kenya, and a member of the Chartered Institute of
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).
^ a b c d e f g Page on Awori at Vice-President web site.
^ "Awori Hands Over to Kalonzo", The East African Standard, January
Kenya Government Bio.
^ "Old boys". Kakamegahighschool.com. Archived from the original on
2011-10-09. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
^ a b c
Kenya Parliament profile.
^ "Reviews under way in
Kenya vote", BBC News, December 30, 2007.
^ a b "Kalonzo VP in Kibaki’s new Cabinet" Archived 2008-02-13 at
the Wayback Machine., The Standard, January 9, 2008.
^ Mutinda Mwanzia, "Kenya: Awori Hands Over to Kalonzo", The East
African Standard, January 10, 2008.
^ ""Kibaki's new cabinet"". Archived from the original on January 16,
2006. Retrieved 2006-02-20. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status
unknown (link) , The Standard (Kenya).
^ "Prof. NO Awori, May 1986 - Nov 1986". University of
Department of Surgery.
^ "Travel ban in
Kenya scam inquiry", BBC News, 14 February 2006.
^ "Kenyans demand more graft scalps", BBC News, 17 February 2006.
^ Nzau Musau, "Groups declare war on Awori,
Kenya Times, 22 February
^ "Kenyan VP passes buck over graft", BBC News, 22 February 2006.
A Kenyan newspaper article on the Awori's role in the Anglo Leasing
BBC News: Article on Awori's involvement in the scandal
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Michael Wamalwa Kijana
Vice-President of Kenya
Vice-Presidents of Kenya
*post vacant 1998-1999, interrupting his term
†post renamed to 'Deputy President' in the 2010 Con