His childhood dream was to be a successful entrepreneur like Microsoft owner, Mr Bill Gates.
However, Rongai MP Mr Luka Kigen changed his mind and plunged into politics.
"I abandoned my ambition to lead a quiet successful business life to join politics because of poverty among my people," he says.
Kigen, who represents a cosmopolitan constituency, vied in 2002 but did not win. Last year he won on ODM ticket. Among the opponents he floored is Mr Raymond Moi.
"My motivation for joining politics was the plight of the people and the inability of leaders to tackle their issues," he says.
One of his constituents is former President Moi. District boundary is one of the issues he wants resolved soon. Part of the constituency is still in Sabukia District.
The MP says that while he did his private business, he traversed nearly all parts of his constituency and wondered why it lagged behind.
He says education standards are low. The constituency does not have a provincial school while the neighbouring constituencies have national schools.
"I concluded that leadership quality and resources distribution would make the difference," he says.
Kigen says though the constituency is endowed with arable land, few people farm.
Unemployment is high and many young people have resorted to drinking illicit brews.
Kigen, who trounced former Assistant minister Alicen Chelaite, says he is ready to empower his constituents.
The legislator says he has drawn a list of priority areas. Empowerment of unemployed youth is one of them. He says health facilities and water provision also need urgent attention.
He says the constituency has a neglected borehole that needs to be rehabilitated.
"Education standards are low. I will be meeting the stakeholders to discuss the way forward," he says.
He will also address the plight of underpaid sisal plantation workers and squatters.
Kigen was born in 1957 in Koibatek District.
He attended Kipng’orom, Sinonin, and Solian primary schools between 1967 and 1975.
Among his classmates in primary school are Mogotio MP and Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Prof Hellen Sambili and former MP Mr Joseph Korir.
Kigen went to Kabarnet High School between 1976 and 1979.
In 1982, he joined Egerton College to study Education, Agriculture, and Field Extension.
He was posted to Tenges Secondary School, where he taught for a year, before joining Kenya Grain Growers Co-operative Union as a marketing representative in charge of Rift Valley and Central provinces.
While in the farmers’ union, the MP attended extensive courses in field and marketing before he resigned in 1992 to venture into farming and private business.
In 1997, he abandoned farming to start a petroleum export business in Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi.
The MP also has investments in real estate development.
In 2002, he tried his hand in politics but he was narrowly defeated by Chelaite. He challenged the results in court.
The MP says he wants to leave a legacy of a leader who worked with the people directly .
He says the CDF fund and how it is used will determine the success of various projects.
During the tenure of Chelaite, the constituency was ranked best in the management of the fund.
"I intend to make the management even better," he says.
Kigen is married to Jennifer, and the couple has three sons and a daughter.