Justus Murunga: Life History, Education Background, Wealth and Family

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Justus Murunga

Justus Murunga, a first time Member of Parliament is dead. The pronouncement was made moments before 11PM on Saturday 14th November 2020. Murunga is said to have collapsed in his home in Kakamega County.

Local media houses have attributed his death to the Coronavirus Pandemic arguing that his symptoms closely mirrored those of the novel virus now terrorizing the world. If it turns out to be true, his demise will be adding up the number of those who have succumbed to the virus to well above a thousand.

The late is survived by Five children and a wife.

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The Member of Parliament for Matungu Constituency in Kakamega County accused by his family of neglecting them immediately after being elected. In a story published on The Nairobian, the family claimed that they did not live like their father was a mheshimwa.

According to the publication, On January 2018, one of his daughters had issues joining Form Two at a girls’ school in Murang’a County over school fee. Justus Murunga as per relatives narrations went ahead and asked his CDF office to send a bursary form to his daughter.

Murunga’s first-born daughter never went beyond secondary school, forcing her maternal relatives to enroll her for a tailoring course. His only son went to driving school and was by then a gym instructor in Lang’ata estate in Nairobi.

The third-born stayed at home for three years after secondary school, before her mother, who works for a city-based utility company, struggled to have her study for an airline cabin crew course.

“As a family, we are also very worried about his third-born daughter. She has a kidney ailment that needs dialysis from time to time. The last time the girl was in hospital, the bill was Sh18,000, but the MP only sent Sh1,500,” lamented a concerned member of the politician’s extended family to the Nairobian.

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Asked whether his family has ever confronted him, the publication was told that Murunga is the eldest and the only moneyed sibling in his family and he thus hardly listened to his younger brothers and sisters, to whom he used to dish out stipends.

Murunga, a Form Six leaver dabbled in real estate besides selling cars from his yard in Kisumu. Villagers also know him as a land ‘broker’ who was adept at sourcing buyers and sorting out title deeds.

In his political realm, Murunga was a close confidante of the Deputy President William Ruto. The MP was last seen in public when he accompanied the Deputy President to a Prayer Rally in the Mount Kenya region in October this year.

The Nairobian noted that the father of five lived with his family in a mabati house in Umoja till in 2005 when they moved to his unfinished structure in Utawala.

Education Background:

From

To

Education Institution

Qualification

1984

Kenya Polytechnic

Certified Public Accountant I

1983

Rift Valley College of Science and Technology

Certified Public Accountant I

1978

1981

Friends School Kamusinga High

Kenya Certificate of Education

1971

1977

Kimilili Boys RC Primary School

Certificate of Primary Education

Employment/Service History:

From

To

Employer/Institution

Position Held

2017

To date

Kenya National Assembly

Member of Parliament, Matungu Constituency

2004

Business and Logistics

1995

2003

Embakasi Ranching Company

Manager

1990

1994

Kenya Assemblies of God

Development Project Manager

1988

1989

Philips Kenya

Accounts Officer

1985

1987

Mumias Sugar Company

Membership to Committees (12th Parliament):

From

To

Committee

Position Held

2017

Date

Departmental Committee on Agriculture and Livestock

Member

2017

Date

Committee on Parliamentary Broadcasting and Library

Member

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