July 3 A Kenyan government report into the
controversial sale of a luxury hotel has recommended that
Finance Minister Amos Kimunya step down over the deal.
That followed a no-confidence vote in him by parliament.
Kimunya denies wrongdoing.
Following are key facts about him.
* Kimunya was elected member of parliament for the central
Kipipiri constituency in 2002 and appointed lands minister the
following year. He moved to the finance ministry in February
2006 and was reappointed after the 2007 presidential election.
* Kimunya is in a similar situation to his predecessor,
David Mwiraria, who resigned after implication in a fictitious
passport printing scam known as Anglo-Leasing. Some $200 million
was skimmed through bogus procurement contracts and then
mysteriously returned to the treasury.
* Kimunya has been credited for maintaining the economic
growth that Kenya, east Africa's biggest economy, has enjoyed
since President Mwai Kibaki took power in late 2002. But the
bloody crisis after a Dec. 27 vote has hampered that, at a time
when world fuel and food prices are at record highs.
* A former club captain at the prestigious Muthaiga Golf
Club, once a favourite haunt for Kibaki, Kimunya is viewed by
many as part of the president's inner circle of politicians from
the dominant Kikuyu ethnic community.
* He has presided over Kenya's ongoing privatisation
programme like the sale of 51 percent in the state landline
monopoly Telkom Kenya to France Telecom FTE.PA. He also
directed the country's biggest share offering in mobile phone
firm Safaricom (SCOM.NR).
* Many Kenyans praised him for his populist-leaning '08/'09
budget proposals last month, which were aimed at rebuilding the
nation after the election crisis. He is also credited with
maintaining fiscal discipline and macro-economic stability.
* The 46-year-old accountant is seen as easily approachable
by media and members of Kenya's corporate world.
(Writing by Duncan Miriri; Editing by Bryson Hull)