Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives
Born in 1969 in Muthara, Tigania East, Meru County, Hon Peter Munya is Cabinet Secretary for Industry, Trade and Cooperatives. Hon Munya was also the first Governor of Meru County. He became Governor after he was overwhelmingly voted in by the Meru County electorate in the hotly contested election.
Between 2002 and 2013, he served as the Member of Parliament for Tigania East Constituency before successfully contesting for the Meru County Gubernatorial seat.
Munya, an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, sat his "O" Levels at Chogoria Boys High School before proceeding to Meru School for his "A" Levels. At Meru School, he served as the Chairman of the Debating Club and went ahead to win the Provincial Public Speaking contest.
In 1993 he graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree (LLB Hons), from the University of Nairobi. At the University of Nairobi, He was elected twice, in 1992 and 1993, the chair of the Kenya Law Students Society (KLLS). Upon graduation, he took up internship at Kamau Kuria and Kiraitu Advocates in Nairobi.
In January 1995, Munya received a scholarship from the Belgium Embassy Scholarship to attend the University of Brussels, Belgium where he graduated with a Master’s Degree in International Law (International Economic Integration Law). He then proceeded to University of Georgia, USA, where he graduated with a second Master’s Degree in Law (Public International Law).
In 1997, he was published in the Boston University International Law Journal, under the title "The Role of the Organization of African Unity in Conflict Resolution and Dispute Settlement in Africa".
Upon his return to Kenya, he took a job as a Law lecturer at the Kenya School of Professional Studies (KSPS) and Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS).
In 2000, he was appointed lecturer of Law at Moi University, Eldoret. At Moi University, he was published in the Moi University Journal in 2002 under the title, "The Role of the International Court of Justice in Resolving African Disputes: Past, Present and Future Prospects". In 2002, he left Moi University to set up Kimaiyo and Munya Co. Advocates.
In 2002, Munya tried his hand in politics and successfully contested Tigania East parliamentary seat. He was subsequently sworn in to the 9th Kenyan Parliament on 9th January, 2003.
In the 9th Parliament, he founded and Chaired Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association with the aim of championing in Parliament, issues affecting Kenyan youth. He was also member of the Health Club Management committee and the Parliamentary Investment Committee (PIC) before his appointment to the Government in 2006 as the Assistant Minister, Ministry of Internal Security and Provincial Administration.
In December 2007, he successfully defended his Tigania East parliamentary seat. He was later appointed the Assistant Minister for East Africa Community.
During his tenure as the MP, he initiated various development projects to include improving healthcare, infrastructure, and youth and women empowerment, a dream he plans to extend to the larger Meru County as the Governor.