Richest Senators in Kenya Right Now (2023)
The Senate is one of the most lucrative political seats in the current Kenyan constitution.
It is among the best-paying political jobs, where elected senators take home a basic monthly salary of around 510,000, which can go up to 750,000 if you add allowances.
Such a salary can create immense wealth in ten years for those lucky enough to get two serving terms.
It is safe to say that senators fall into the category of rich people in Kenya, but some senators have more wealth than others.
So, who are the wealthiest Kenyan senators in 2023? Let’s take a look.
1. Hon. Tabitha Karanja Keroche
Hon Tabitha may be serving her first-ever political seat in Kenya as Nakuru senator.
Still, she qualifies to be on this list because of her role as a Founder, CEO, and Director of Keroche Breweries Limited.
She has an estimated net worth of $5 million, thanks to her Family’s beer processing plant in Naivasha that rakes in billions in revenue annually.
This means that Tabitha continues to earn from the company as a founder while still enjoying the senatorial salary.
The Keroche company was involved in tax arrears-related wrangles with the KRA for the better part of last year that saw it closed down temporarily, but the issue has since been resolved.
2. Hon. Boni Khalwale
Popularly known as the bullfighter, Boni Khalwale has made a name for himself in Kenyan politics.
He started as an elected MP for Ikolomani Constituency back in 2002 and has risen to the ranks of becoming the Kakamega senator, currently serving his second term in the county.
Most of Khal wale’s fortune is from politics which is his primary career, boasting a net worth ranging between $1-$5 million.
The openly polygamous politician’s wealth could also be running some businesses or companies in the background, given that he has to take care of his large family.
3. Hon. Oburu Odinga
Currently serving as the senator for Siaya County, the brother to Raila Odinga, is also one of the longest-serving politicians in Kenya, which has helped him create immense wealth.
The net worth of the 79-year-old ranges between $3-$5 million.
He has served as an MP, EALA representative, and now as a senator.
Hon. Oburu also served as an assistant minister in the finance docket during Kibaki’s grand coalition government in which his brother Hon. Raila was a Prime Minister.
4. Hon. Kathuri Murungi
Kathuri Murungi was one the best-performing Members of Parliament before he decided to give the senatorial seat a try in the last year’s general elections.
He is now the senator for Meru County and the deputy speaker of the senate.
Besides receiving a senator’s salary, he is also taking home an additional estimate of Ksh925,000 for his role as the deputy speaker.
He has created wealth from his political career, given that he also served on several parliamentary committees.
This role also contributed to the overall monthly salary.
5. Senator Ledama Ole Kina
Also known as the defender of Maasai rights, Ledama is a wealthy politician currently serving as the Narok County senator.
His net worth is estimated at $5 million from his salary, parliamentary committee stipends, and businesses.
He has an expensive mansion with a basketball pitch and a spacious parking lot.
The vocal and controversial senator also revealed that he had built his farm manager a two-bedroom house worth Ksh1.1 million last year.
6. Okiya Andrew Omtata
Omtata is a decorated name in Kenya because he has been a political activist and human rights defender for several years.
Last year, he ventured into active politics and won the Busia County senatorial seat with a little-known NRC party.
Over the years, he has accumulated his wealth from local and international NGO funding for his activism, and now he has a senate salary to add to it.
On top of that, Okiya is also a businessman and has accumulated over Ksh 20 million in wealth.
7. Hon. Jackson Kiplagat Mandago
Mandago is the current senator for Uasin Gishu county, having served as the county’s Governor for two successive terms.
In his duration as a politician since 2013, he has accumulated wealth by buying and building rental properties back in Uasin Gishu and Nairobi County.
Jackson is also believed to own construction companies through third parties.
His net worth stands approximately between $1-$5 million.
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