NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 23 – Henry Kiprono Kosgey has been part of Kenya’s political fabric for more than three decades.
Born on July 14th 1947, Kosgey was first elected as MP for Tinderet in 1979 at the age of 32.
His stay power in the treacherous Kenya political landscape speaks volumes of the Tinderet MP’s ability to adjust to the ever changing and uncompromising political climate.
Kosgey is the Orange Democratic Movement’s National Chairman but since his first appearance at the International Criminal Court (ICC) his public support of party leader Raila Odinga has declined sharply.
Unlike William Ruto and Uhuru Kenyatta, Kosgey has remained silent on his case at the ICC.
He stepped aside as Industrialisation Minister when he was charged with corruption.
He was questioned by the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission (KACC) over the importation of several vehicles said to be over the eight-year-old threshold and later stepped down after the case was lodged in court.
The appointment of Joseph Koskei as the Kenya Bureau of Standards Managing Director was also another blot on his stint at the ministry after claims that he acted irregularly.
His name also cropped up in the United States embassy cables exposed by WikiLeaks. The cables suggested that the minister could be behind several other corruption scandals and that he should be banned from travelling to the US.
Kosgey who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of Nairobi has served both former President Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki under various portfolios including Transport and Communications, Co-operative Development as well as Science and Technology.
He served as Executive Chairman of the Kenya National Assurance Company between 1989 and 1992.
He, like the Eldoret North MP faces charges of murder, forcible transfer of populations and persecution