Political leaders received a reprieve in October when the High Court of Kenya struck down an anti-discrimination provision in the law requiring members of parliament and county assembly members to be college-educated.

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about the ruling. It’s been argued that education isn’t a guarantee of success in politics, pointing to leaders in Kenya’s history who succeeded despite having little or no formal education.

There have been a number of long-serving MPs without a college degree in Parliament’s history. A limit on the educational attainment of political contenders was not in place at the time.

It’s interesting to note that a few of the people on this list went on to hold important positions in the government and have a say in how the country is run

1 Njenga Karume

Karume revealed that his father’s allies viewed formal education as a waste of time and money, despite his interest in it.

In contrast to this, the tycoon went to Kikuyu’s Kahuho Primary School, and then on to Kiambaa Riara Secondary School in Nairobi, Kenya.

After passing the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) exam, Karume was accepted into Mangu High School, but her father refused to let her attend because there were other children in the school.

Jomo Kenyatta nominated Karume to the Kenyan parliament in 1974. Karume served as Kiambaa MP from 1980 to 1992 and again from 1997 to 2007 as a close ally of Kenyatta and the ruling KANU party

After some GEMA officials tried to prevent then Vice President Daniel Arap Moi from becoming president in the event of his death, Karume was charged with treason. With President Kibaki, he formed the Democratic Party in 1991. (DP). As a result of their friendship, Karume was named Minister of Defense in 2006. On the 24th of February, 2012, Karume passed away.

2 Mulu Mutisya

A year after Karume’s, he was nominated to parliament by Kenyatta himself, on Karume’s advice, in 1974. According to reports, the long-serving politician was unable to communicate effectively in English.

Despite this, Mutisya became a more prominent political figure under the leadership of Kenyatta. Moi maintained close ties with Mutisya after the death of the founding president. For the next 18 years, he served as a nominated MP.

After the attempted coup in 1982, Mutisya became one of Moi’s closest confidants. Moi frequently took him along on both domestic and international trips.

He was Moi’s right-hand man and nurtured other political leaders, such as Kalonzo Musyoka, from the Wiper Party. One of the country’s most well-known politicians died in March of that year.

3 Mark Too

In the Moi administration, Too was known as Mr Fix and Bwana Dawa. He was nominated to parliament by Moi in 1997. Assistant Ministers were his next job after that.

For his role in ensuring that Moi’s agenda was carried out successfully within the party and the government, he was dubbed “Mr Fix.” As the country prepared for the 2002 elections, he was even credited with persuaded former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to give up his National Development Party (NDP) and join the ruling KANU party.

For the 2002 General Election, he stepped down as KANU’s presidential candidate in order to make way for Uhuru Kenyatta. In 2016, the nominated MP, who was well-known for his witty speeches in public, passed away on December 31.

4 Ezekiel Barngetuny

Moi, like Ezekiel Bargetuny, had a lot of faith in him after spending time with him at Kapsabet. They’ll have to say goodbye later because Moi has decided to pursue a career in education.

But Bargetuny was rehired as Master of Ceremony for goat auctions by Moi because of his ability to mobilize buyers.

When Bargetuny was a politician, he had unrestricted access to President Moi. In November 2011, he told Citizen that he would advise Moi to grant amnesty to those who had wronged him.

He was a well-known businessman in the Rift Valley. He passed away on December 20th of last year.

5 Karuki Chotara

While serving as the KANU secretary for Nakuru District, Chotara was nominated as an MP and rose to prominence in politics after Kenyatta died in 1978.

Chotara is said to have attempted to stab Jomo with a knife while he was a minor in Kapenguria in 1957, when he was serving a prison sentence. Kenyatta was eating his breakfast at the time of the attack.

Chotara predicted his own demise at a rally in 1987. On January 9th, 1988, the nominated MP passed away.

6 Masoud Mwahima

In 1987, Mwahima served as a councilor in Mombasa, a port city, without any formal education. From 1999 to 2002, he served as Mayor of Mombasa.

As an ODM candidate, he won Likoni’s seat in the House of Representatives. Deputy President William Ruto and he later parted ways in 2013 after he had a falling out. On August 25, 2020, the coastal MP passed away at his home in Likoni.