NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 6 – Former Transport Minister Amos Kimunya is set to embark on writing memoirs on his life as a politician, after losing his Kipipiri seat to MP-elect Samuel Gichigi.
Kimunya pointed out the period that he served as a politician was the most memorable and he has no regrets over his achievements.
He outlined some of his unforgettable moments during his time as a Cabinet Minister and the struggle for a new Constitution.
“I will never forget the Khalwale incident in Parliament, the first and the second. The first caught me unawares but in the second, I at least knew what to do. It is all about ‘fitina (malice),’ in Parliament and when you know what to do, it comes and goes,” he recalled.
“I also obviously cannot forget the struggle we had in Bomas for the new constitution and the actualization of that in 2010.”
He expressed his happiness at being part of the achievements.
“In Kipipiri again I spent a lot of time with children in sponsorship programs in schools were also memorable occasions. I could write so many things but there are things that were more prominent in my life,” he stated.
He said he has so much to boast and be proud of in his 10 years during which he served as a Cabinet Minister and a Member of Parliament.
Kimunya observed that during this time, he was able to assist people of Geta area in his Kipipiri constituency from a squatters status when he was the Minister for Lands and enabled them to acquire land.
He also added that when he moved to the Finance docket, he spearheaded critical reforms among them the Safaricom privatisation, the Youth funds and the IDP funds, programmes he described as very successful.
Kimunya later moved to the Ministry of Trade where he explained that he was able to sort out Kenyans trade negotiations among other things.
Kimunya expressed his happiness at being part of the achievements of the country and stated that these are memories he will keep.
He however, noted that the going was at times rough during his time as a Cabinet Minister as there were a lot of expectations.
He stressed that working under President Mwai Kibaki who is retiring after the polls was enjoyable due to the team work and freedom to execute duties accorded to every Cabinet Minister.
Though disappointed, Kimunya thanked residents of Nyandarua for giving him an opportunity to serve them in that capacity.