James Gichuru (1963-1969): He banned repatriation of wealth to South Africa and Zimbabwe for fear that repatriation would undermine Kenya’s economy.
Mwai Kibaki (1969-1982): The man who would be Kenya’s third President was at Treasury for 12 years. The West toyed with the idea of giving him a job at the IMF.
Arthur Magugu (1982-1988): He is remembered as the only minister who postponed the date for reading the budget.
George Saitoti (1988-1992): He presided over a Treasury that struggled with inflation. This was also when the Goldenberg scandal cost Kenya billions of shillings.
Musalia Mudavadi (1993-1997): He is most remembered for mopping up excess money printed by Kanu for campaigns before the 1992 General Election.
Simeon Nyachae (1998-1999): He took over the Treasury by storm and left in a huff when President Moi transferred him, apparently angered by his remarks that “Kenya’s economy was in ICU”.
Francis Masakhalia (Feb 1999-Aug 1999): A lacklustre minister, he read only one budget before being removed.
Chris Okemo (Sep 1999-Nov 2001): He became popular for the little action of removing tax on bicycles, also known as boda boda, used for taxi business.
Chris Obure(Nov 2001-Dec 2002): He read the last budget under President Moi’s regime.
David Mwiraria (Jan 2003-Feb 2006): Under his watch, the Anglo Leasing scandal exploded, leading to his resignation.
Amos Kimunya (Feb 2006-2008): He left the Treasury following furore on the questionable sale of Grand Regency Hotel, now Laico Regency, to a Libyan company.
Uhuru Kenyatta (2009 to date): After reading only one budget under the old Constitution, he is the last Finance minister before the new Constitution comes fully into force.