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With barely 90 days to the General elections, Kenya has this year, since the 1996 first ever multiparty general elections presented the largest number of Presidential candidates.

The elections as per the constitution should be placed on the 2ND Tuesday of August every fifth year and this election year that happens to be on 9th August.

The registrar, Ann Nderitu, on May 2, submitted the list of names to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission for the final clearance, in line with the election timelines

The list with a number totaling to 55 presidential hopefuls consists of 9 who have been endorsed by political parties and 46 independent candidates.

The nine are: Raila Omolo Odinga (Azimio la Umoja Alliance Coalition Party) who will be running his fifth presidential bid, Deputy president William Ruto (United Democratic Alliance), Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria (Usawa Kwa Wote), Prof. George Wajackoyah (Roots Party), perennial contestant Dr. Ekuru Aukot (Third way Alliance), David Mwaure Waihiga (Agano Party), Jimi Wanjigi (Safina Party) and Japheth Kaluyu (Unified Change Party)


In the case that all the fifty-five candidates and their running mates are cleared to run for elections, they will be accorded round the clock security.

Officers will be assigned to protect them, their families, homes and offices from the day of clearance up to the election day.

Should any of the candidates or their running mates meet their demise prior the elections, the set election will be scrapped off and the election postponed to a further 60 days, that is to the 9th of October.

IMAGE/COURTESY: Ballot boxes before an election.


This huge number has stirred up mixed reactions with a political analyst in Nairobi saying, “This shows Kenyan democracy Kenyan Democracy us growing, any qualified can vie for any position.

Members of the public feel that the huge number of candidates is a costly affair that may bring division among votes and the people at large.

Radio 254 has obtained a list of the candidates,


  1. Kinyanjui Edward Njenga
  2. Otieno Duncan Oduor
  3. Irungu James Kamau
  4. Jeremiah Nixon Kukubo
  5. Aoko Benard Ongir
  6. Munga David Chome
  7. Kariara Eliud Muthiora
  8. Ouma Pigbin Odimwengu
  9. Wanyanga Geoffrey Ndungu
  10. 10.Awuonda Brian Oluoch
  11. Kihuha Esther Waringa
  12. Ngigi Faith Wairimu
  13. Kingori Patrick Kariuki
  14. Nyaga Jeremiah John Mwaniki
  15. Ng’ang’a Gibson Ngaruiya
  16. Katoni Benjamin Kevin Ndambuki
  17. Odhiambo Kevin Onyango
  18. Lichete Reuben Kigame
  19. Kanya Joe Stanley Kamau
  20. Githii David Muhia
  21. Kathae Peter Ndonga
  22. Mbugua Benson Mwaura
  23. Mwarania Paul Muriungi
  24. Nyagoko Jacob Oanda
  25. Wanjigi Harrison Njoroge
  26. Nzano Jared Chula
  27. Ngechu Moses Gichuki
  28. Gichira Ptah Solomuzi
  29. Nyangori Dorothy Kemunto
  30. Ng’ani Victor Obote
  31. Mukenda Jeremiah Simiyu
  32. Kamau George Munyottah
  33. Masira Erastus Nyamera
  34. Oganga Stephen Owoko
  35. Obunga Bernard Neto
  36. Kiprono Felix
  37. Nzamalu Samuel Mwangangi
  38. Mbugua Zablon Karanja
  39. Koue Grita Muthoni
  40. Kagumba Samuel Kiambati
  41. Ojijo Ogillo Mark Pascal
  42. Waweru Joseph Mbugua
  43. Munyeki June Juliet
  44. Begum Nazlin

The 55 presidential hopefuls will present their nomination papers to Chebukati from Sunday 29th May to Monday 6th June.


We as a country are still healing from the traumatizing effects of post election violence. We have first hand experience what might occur as a result of political division.

Here at Radio 254, we continue to be advocates for peaceful elections, the roadmap to preserving democracy and building a better economy for the country is through peaceful elections.






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