Mr Kaunya ran for the parliamentary seat for Teso North constituency under the Amani National Congress and won in the 2017 general elections. Mr Kaunya was the Deputy Commandant of the Administration Police and Commandant of the Administration Police Training College in Embakasi, Nairobi. He went into exile after being linked with the ICC case. Upon his return, Mr Kaunya started the Oku Kaunya Foundation which is a charity trust based in Western Kenya whose main goal is to empower the Teso people through provision of quality education. He is the patron and member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Edward Kaunya is married to Millicent Akinyi Oku.