Nakuru County Leaders from Independence (1963)

Nakuru MPs

Nakuru has had many MPs since the early days. At independence in 1963, Nakuru County, back then known as Nakuru District had four constituencies. Over time, Nakuru has grown to eleven constituencies. The original constituencies were Nakuru North (1966), Nakuru East, Nakuru West and Nakuru Town.

Nakuru North has over time given birth to Rongai, Subukia and Bahati while Nakuru West has spawned Njoro, Molo, Kuresoi North and Kuresoi South.

Nakuru East consisted the present-day Naivasha and Gilgil constituencies while Nakuru Town is today Nakuru Town East and Nakuru Town West.

Nakuru Independence MPs – 1963 Elections

At independence, there were three MPs elected to represent Nakuru District. All the MPS were elected on a KANU ticket. The MPs were;

  1. Achieng Oneko – Nakuru Town
  2. Fred Kubai – Nakuru East
  3. Harry James Onamu – Nakuru West

Nakuru MPs – 1966 Little general election

In 1966, Vice President Jaramogi Oginga Odinga formed the Kenya Peoples Union (KPU). Some MPs followed him into the party which led to the β€œLittle General Election” of 1966. These are the MPs that were elected at the election.

  1. Mark Waruiru Mwithaga – Nakuru Town
  2. Fred Polworth Kibuthu Kubai – Nakuru East
  3. Muhia Babu Wood – Nakuru North
  4. Harry James Onamu – Nakuru West

Nakuru MPs 1969

The second general election was held in 1969. The following were elected MPs in Nakuru;

  1. Willy Komen – Nakuru West
  2. Muhia Babu Wood – Nakuru North
  3. Mark Mwithaga – Nakuru Town
  4. Fred Kubai – Nakuru West

Nakuru MPs 1974

  1. E. N Kariuki – Nakuru West
  2. Kihika Kimani – Nakuru North
  3. Nakuru East – S.T Kairo
  4. Mark Mwithaga – Nakuru Town (later Willy Komen)

There was a by-election in Nakuru Town in 1976 where Willy Komen replaced Mark Mwithaga as the MP.

Nakuru MPs 1979

  1. Nakuru Town – Mark Mwithaga
  2. Nakuru East – Keffa Njuguna Wagara
  3. Nakuru West – James Njenga Mungai
  4. Nakuru North – Koigi wa Wamwere ( Koigi was detained in 1982 and Francis Koima arap Kimosop was elected as MP)

Nakuru MPs 1983

  1. Nakuru West – James Njenga Mungai
  2. Nakuru North – Francis Koima Kimosop (In 1986, Francis Koima committed suicide. In the ensuing by-election, Eric Kibet Bomett was elected MP)
  3. Nakuru Town – Amos Kabiru Kimemia
  4. Nakuru East – Fred Kubai

Nakuru MPs 1988

In the 1988 elections, Nakuru West Constituency was renamed Molo Constituency and Rongai was created from Nakuru North. These are the Nakuru MPs elected during that election.

  1. Molo – James Njenga Mungai
  2. Nakuru North – Silas Mburu Gichua
  3. Rongai – Eric Kibet Koras Bomett
  4. Nakuru Town – Amos Kabiru Kimemia
  5. Nakuru East – Gitahi Ngaruro

Nakuru MPs 1992

For the first time since 1966, Kenya went into elections in a multiparty state. Since independence, all Nakuru MPs had been from the KANU party. However, in 1992, the newly formed opposition party (Ford Asili) led by Kenneth Matiba took the lead. KANU managed only one out of the five seats.

  1. Molo – James Njenga Mungai (Ford Asili)
  2. Nakuru North – Joseph K. Kimani (Ford Asili)
  3. Rongai – William K. Komen (KANU)
  4. Nakuru Town – J.C Lwali Oyondi (Ford Asili)
  5. Nakuru East – Francis J. M. Wanyange (Ford Asili)

Nakuru MPs 1997

In the 1997 elections, Kuresoi Constituency was created from Molo Constituency and Nakuru North was renamed Subukia while Nakuru East got Naivasha as its new name. KANU continued to lose but managed two out of the six seats. Mwai Kibaki’s Democratic Party (DP) carried the day. The following MPs were elected.

  1. Molo – Dixon Kihika Kimani (DP)
  2. Kuresoi – James Cheruiyot arap Koske (KANU)
  3. Rongai – Eric Toroitich Morogo (KANU)
  4. Subukia – Joseph M. Kuria (DP)
  5. Nakuru Town – David Manyara Njuki (DP)
  6. Naivasha – Paul Samuel Kihara (DP)

Nakuru MPs 2003

For once, KANU was elected out of power since independence. Daniel T. Moi was no longer the president as Mwai Kibaki took over with Kijana Wamalwa as the Vice President. This time around, the National Alliance Rainbow Coalition (NARC) carried the day not only in Nakuru but also in most parts of the country. The following MPs were elected.

For the first time, Nakuru elected a woman (Alicen Chelaite) to parliament. Jayne Kihara became the second shortly after when she was elected to replace her husband Paul Kihara who died a few months into the new government. Nakuru suffered another blow when the Nakuru Town MP Mirugi Kariuki who was also an assistant minister died in a plane crash.

  1. Molo – Macharia Mukiri (NARC)
  2. Kuresoi – Moses Kipkemboi Cheboi (KANU)
  3. Rongai – Alicen J. Ronoh Chelaite (NARC)
  4. Subukia – Koigi wa Wamwere (NARC)
  5. Nakuru Town – Mirugi Kariuki (NARC) – Mirugi died in a plane crash in 2006 and was replaced by his son William Kariuki one year before the 2007 general elections.
  6. Naivasha – Paul Kihara (NARC) – Paul Kihara died just a few months after being elected. His wife Jayne Kihara was elected MP in his place.

Nakuru MPs – 2007

This was President Kibaki’s second term in office. The aftermath of the general election was rocked with chaos and violence that left thousands dead, maimed and displaced. Nakuru was especially badly hit by the 2008 Post Election Violence (PEV).

The following MPs were elected.

  1. Molo – Joseph Ng’ang’a Kiuna (PNU)
  2. Kuresoi – Zakayo Cheruiyot
  3. Rongai – Luka Kigen (ODM)
  4. Subukia – Nelson Gaichuhie (PNU)
  5. Nakuru Town – Lee Kinyanjui (PNU)
  6. Naivasha – John Njenga Michael Mututho (KANU)

Nakuru County MPs 2012

In 2012, Kenya went into the elections under a new constitution promulgated in 2010. It was also time to elect the fourth president with Kibaki having served his maximum two terms.

Constituencies (also called sub-counties in the newly devolved governance) had also been reviewed. Nakuru now boasted of 11 constituencies. Naivasha had birthed Gilgil, Subukia gave birth to Bahati, Njoro was created from Molo and Kuresoi was divided into Kuresoi North and Kuresoi south. Nakuru Town was also divided into Nakuru Town East and Nakuru Town West.

The new constitution had also re-introduced the post of the County Senator and created the post of the Governor as the County head.

These were the leaders elected in Nakuru Couty at the 2012 elections.

  • Governor – Kinuthia Mbugua (TNA)
  • Senator – James Kiarie Mungai (TNA)
  • Naivasha – John Karanja Kihagi (TNA)
  • Gilgil – Samuel Mathenge (TNA)
  • Subukia – Nelson Gaichuhie (TNA)
  • Bahati – Onesmus Kimani Ngunjiri (TNA)
  • Nakuru Town East – David Gikaria (TNA)
  • Nakuru Town West – Samuel Arama (ODM)
  • Rongai – Raymond Moi (KANU)
  • Njoro – Joseph Kiuna (TNA)
  • Molo – Jacob Macharia (TNA)
  • Kuresoi South – Zakayo Cheruiyot (URP)
  • Kuresoi North – Joseph Kipkemboi Cheboi (KANU)
  • Nakuru County Assembly Speaker – Susan Kihika

Nakuru County leaders in 2017

  • Governor – Lee Kinyanjui (Jubilee)
  • Senator – Susan Kihika (JP)
  • Naivasha – Jayne Kihara (JP)
  • Gilgil – Martha Wangari (JP)
  • Subukia – Samuel Gachobe (JP)
  • Bahati – Onesmus Kimani Ngunjiri (JP)
  • Nakuru Town East – David Gikaria (JP)
  • Nakuru Town West – Samuel Arama (JP)
  • Rongai – Raymond Moi (KANU)
  • Njoro – Charity Kathambi Chepkwony (JP)
  • Molo – Francis Kuria Kimani (JP)
  • Kuresoi South – Joseph Tonui (JP)
  • Kuresoi North – Joseph Kipkemboi Cheboi (JP)
  • Nakuru County Assembly Speaker – Joel Maina Kairu


History of Nakuru Jacaranda Trees

Jacarandas along Nakuru Oginga Odinga street

Nakuru Town is one of the urban centres in Kenya that has jacaranda trees beautifying the streets. The jacaranda trees have become part of the townscape and the residents have become very protective of the trees. In 2007, there was a row between the Nakuru Municipal Council and the China Road and Bridge Company when they cut down 2000 jacaranda trees. This was during the expansion of the road entering Nakuru from Lanet which was being built into a dual carriageway to ease congestion.

Recently, residents were up in arms when the owners of Golden Mall in Industrial Area Nakuru tried to bring down several jacaranda trees to make an entrance into the mall. But when were these jacarandas planted and who planted them?

While the jacarandas along Nakuru’s Section 58 towards Lanet were planted in the 1970s by the council, the trees in Milimani and Statehouse had been there since the colonial times. Several decades later, the trees give Nakuru a unique identity.

The trees along the highway were an idea given by President Jomo Kenyatta while he passed through Nakuru at one point. The residents and the council enthusiastically took on the task led by among others former Nakuru Mayor Dr. Isaack Kirubi. Among the trees felled during the road works was a commemorative tree planted by Mama Ngina Kenyatta.

Frank Walter James (Jacaranda Jim)


Had it not been for this gentleman, Frank Walter Jameson, the beautiful jacaranda trees we see in Nakuru and other colonial time towns in Kenya would not exist.Jacaranda Jim

Born in Durban, SA, in 1873, his fascination and love for the jacaranda tree was so high that he was nicknamed “Jacaranda Jim.”

Jacaranda Jim was appointed Nairobi’s Town Planning Consultant in 1926. With his great weakness for planting jacaranda trees, he would plant the purple tree wherever no other idea came to mind. As one author has put it, “jacarandas are an exotic blessing that was left behind by the British at the end of their colonial rule.”

Pretoria Jacarandas
Jacarandas in Pretoria

After Nairobi, the idea of using Jacaranda for urban beatification spread to Nakuru, Nanyuki, Nyeri, Kiambu, Limuru among other old urban centres in Kenya.

However, it was Pretoria South Africa where he oversaw the planting of the largest number of Jacaranda trees estimated at 70,000. The sight when the trees blossom in summer draws in thousands of tourists who visit to behold the “Jacaranda City.” In Pretoria, there even exists the rarely found white-flowered jacarandas.

Next time you’re walking around Nakuru while the Jacarandas are in bloom, say a thank you prayer to Jacaranda Jim who passed on in 1956.


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