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politician

Chairman of East African Harbours Corporation since January 10, 1970. Emerging from university when most Kikuyu politicians were well established, he went into business. His major achievement was the formation of the Kenya National Trading Corporation, giving his country a stake in the trading sector dominated by foreign firms. His success there led to his appointment as Chairman of the Harbours Corporation.

Background

Kinyanjui, Peter Kabibi was born on January 1, 1932 in Nairobi, Kenya. Son of Kabibi Kinyanjui and Nyokabi Guyu.

Education

Educated at Kenya's famous Alliance High School, Kikuyu from 1949 to 1952 and at Makerere University College from 1953 to 1957, where he graduated with a BA.

Career

After university he joined Esso Standard (East Africa) Ltd and was rapidly promoted, to public relations officer in 1961 and public and government relations manager responsible for many neighbouring countries. In April 1965 he was chosen to be the general manager and chief executive of the KNTC, which was being established; his problem was to make a state corporation compete successfully with the long established international companies.

He resigned from the KNTC in December 1969 to enter politics and stood as a KANU candidate for the Nairobi constituency of Starehe, but was narrowly defeated in a tough contest by ex-mayor Charles Rubia.

In January 1970, President Kenyatta nominated him and the East African Authority appointed him chairman of the East African Harbours Corporation and its subsidiary East African Cargo Handling Services Ltd.

He joined EAH shortly after it had been hived off from East African Railways, and has reported increasing Profits each year since inauguration. He travels regularly from EAH’s new headquarters in Dar cs Salaam and his home near Nairobi and is directing a Phase of major expansion both at Mombasa port in Kenya and Dar es Saam in Tanzania.

Membership

Member I.A.P.H. (executive committee 1970-1981, 3d vice president 1981), Carpathia Society International (life), The Highlander Club (life), Nairobi Club, Oxford Club (life), Muthaiga Country Club, Sigona Golf Club, Muthaiga Golf Club.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Golf, theater, reading.

Connections

Married Leah Wangari, May 1958 (deceased Sep. 3, 2007); children: Jessie, Edwin, Kenneth, Jimmy, Ciro.

father:
Kabibi Kinyanjui

mother:
Nyokabi Guyu

spouse:
Leah Wangari

child:
Jessie Kinyanjui

child:
Edwin Kinyanjui

child:
Kenneth Kinyanjui

child:
Jimmy Kinyanjui

child:
Ciro Kinyanjui