Profiles of presidential candidates

Raila Odinga, William Ruto, George Wajackoyah and Waihiga Mwaure are in the contest.

In Summary

• Four presidential candidates were cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to contest at the August 9 general election.

• They are George Wajackoyah of Roots Party, Raila Odinga of Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party and William Ruto of the United Democratic Alliance, UDA.

The four presidential canidates
The four presidential canidates

Four presidential candidates were cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to contest at the August 9 general election.

They are George Wajackoyah of Roots Party, Raila Odinga of Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party and William Ruto of the United Democratic Alliance, UDA.

The Star fact check desk did a backgroud check and brings you profiles of the four flag-bearers.


George Wajackoyah
George Wajackoyah

Early Life

George Luchiri Wajackoyah was born on 24 October 1959 in Jinja Uganda to Tom Olilo Jakoya and Melenia Makhoha. Despite being born in Uganda, George is Kenyan since both parents were Kenyans.

Wajackoyah grew up in Indangalasia village in West Wanga, Mumias, Kakamega County, Kenya. This was also the village where the dad was born and raised.

George’s parents divorced when he was young and therefore remained under the care of his paternal grandparents. The mother moved away from the matrimonial home, while the father moved back to Uganda and remarried there.

At age 16, George stowed away to Nairobi and stayed in the streets until he was rescued by the Hari Krishna who gave him and other street children shelter.

He converted to Hare Krishna and later became Krishna Balaram. He was given a chance to continue his education, joining St.Peter’s Boys High School in Mumias where he sat for his A level exams in 1980.


2020: MPhil - Walden University

2018: Ph.D - Candidate Walden University

2014: Post Graduate Diploma in Law - Kenya School of Law

2006: Honoris Causa - American Heritage University

2006: Master of Laws (U.S. Law) - University of Baltimore

2002: L P C (2000-2001) - University of Westminster

1998: Masters of Laws in Law in Development - University of Warwick

1996: Bachelor of Laws (Hons) - University of Wolverhampton.

1984: Intelligence & National Security - Criminal Inv. Training School

1984: Inspectorate Course - Kenya Police College, Kiganjo

1983: Recruit Trainee - Kenya Police College, Kiganjo

1982: High School Teacher - Ravals Secondary School

                                                            City High School

                                                             Shikoti High School

1981: A-Levels - St. Peter’s Boys High School-Mumias

1979: High School - City High School

Source: Law Firm website


  • George Wajackoyah started his professional career in the Police force as a recruit constable having graduated from Kiganjo Police Training College. He would rise to the Inspectorate rank

  • In 1990, the Police Service placed him in charge of collecting intelligence on the death of the late Foreign Affairs Minister Robert Ouko. Things however turned south as he was later arrested, detained and tortured almost to the point of losing his eyesight.

  • George relocated to the UK, where to fund his Degree of Law studies, he resorted to digging graves and working as a security guard.

  • He would then practice law in the UK for two decades.

  • George relocated to the US for further studies (he enrolled on an LLM programme at the University of Baltimore). During this time, he worked in the USA as an educationist, whereby he was an adjunct professor of law at the American Heritage University of Southern California

  • In 2010, Wajackoyah returned to Kenya and established his law firm called Luchiri & Co. Advocates

  • As of 2022, Wajackoyah is a Faculty Member at the Institute of Migration at the University of Nairobi and is a law lecturer teaching International Law at the United States International University - Africa


Immigration and Refugee Law in Kenya, UK, USA

Taught law in Kenya and the US

Served in the Kenya Police up to rank of Inspector and police trainer

Source: Law Firm website

LSK Profile Page


David Waihiga Mwaure
David Waihiga Mwaure

David Mwaure Waihiga is a Kenyan lawyer and an ordained minister. He is best known as the managing partner and founder of Mwaure & Mwaure Waihiga and Co. Advocates with 35 years of legal experience.

Family Background

Mwaure is married to Anna Ngibuini Mwaure who is a Lady Justice in Kenya's Employment and Labour Relations Court. She is also the co-founder of the Mwaure & Mwaure Waihiga and Co. Advocates firm.

Together they have 3 children; Waihiga Mwaura (Citizen TV news anchor), Ngibuini Mwaura, the late Lil Gathoni Mwaura (died in April 2022).

Party: Agano Party, founded 2006 (Chairman and founder)


Mwaure Waihiga graduated with a degree in bachelors of Law from Nairobi University in 1981. He also has a Master’s Degree in Leadership from the International Leadership University. He is currently pursuing a PHD in Leadership.


Mwaure co-founded Mwaure & Mwaure Waihiga & Co Advocates after practicing law for several years. The law firm has its offices in Lamu, Kenya.

Waihiga has over 35 years of experience in legal practice. He has used his expertise in law to become an arbitrator, mediator, commissioner of oaths, notary public, and public secretary. Furthermore, he became a Senior Counsel in Kenya, an enviable rank in Kenya's legal profession.


In 2016, he applied to become a Supreme Court Judge in Kenya and was interviewed by the Judicial Service Commission but was not considered. He also applied for a Court of Appeal Judge in 2022 but never got the job.

Political Career:

· In 2006, Mwaure founded the Agano Party

· In 2011, Mwaure unsuccessfully contested in the Kamukunji parliamentary by-election using the Agano Party

· Mwaure announced his intention to vie for the Presidency in 2013, on 25th October 2010. He however dropped out of the race and instead went for the Gubernatorial race of Lamu County in 2013. He would loose the election to the eventual winner Issa Timamy.

· In 2021, Waihiga took another shot at becoming an elected official in Kenya. His Agano Party endorsed him to contest for the Nairobi Gubernatorial seat that had fallen vacant after the ouster of Governor Mike Mbuvi. However, the race did not go to the ballot after months of court cases.



Graduated in 1981 from UoN with Law Degree

Profile page at Law Society of Kenya

He is not on the Senior Counsel list

He is also an ordained minister. This profile says Word Changers Church


William Samoe Ruto
William Samoe Ruto


Dr. William Kipchirchir Samoei Arap Ruto or simply known as William Ruto is the 11th second in command to the Kenyan Presidency. He is also the first to hold the title of Deputy President.

 Ruto was born on 21st December 1966 to Daniel and Sarah Cheruiyot in Sambut village, Kamagut, Uasin Gishu County.


  • William attended Kerotet Primary School for his primary school education.

  • He then attended Wareng Secondary School for O Level Education.

  • He proceeded to Kapsabet High School where he sat his A level exams.

  • Ruto joined Nairobi University where he studied Bsc in Botany and Zoology graduating in 1990

  • Ruto later enrolled for an Msc In Plant Ecology, graduating in 2011.

  • He then enrolled for a PHD graduating in 2018. The title of his thesis was entitled; Influence of Anthropogenic Activities on Land Use/Cover Changes and Environmental Quality of Saiwa Wetland Watershed, Western Kenya.

 Political Career

2008 → 4th March 2013 - Member of Parliament for Eldoret North

2007 → January 2013 - Member, Orange Democratic Movement

2011 → 4th December 2012 - Aspirant President

April 2010 → October 2011 -Minister for Higher Education, Science & Technology

April 2008 → April 2010 - Minister of Agriculture

Ended October 2007 -  Secretary General, Kenya African National Union

2003 → 2007 - Member of Parliament for Eldoret North

1997 → 2007 Member of Parliament for Eldoret North of Kenya African National Union

August 2002 → December 2002 - Minister of Home Affairs

2000 → August 2002 - Assistant minister Office of the President

1997 → 2002 - Member of Parliament for Eldoret North

1992 → 1992 - Treasurer, Youth for KANU 1992

Source: Mzalendo

 PhD in watershed management. Photos of thesis defence


Raila Odinga
Raila Odinga

Aspirant President in 2022

Aspirant President in 2017

Contested Election at Supreme Court. Election Annulled by Supreme Court. Boycotted repeat election.

Was sworn in at Uhuru Park as “People’s President”

Aspirant President

2011 → 4th March 2013 for Kenya of REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Member of Parliament

2008 → 4th March 2013 for Langata

Prime Minister

2008 → 4th March 2013 of Cabinet

Member of Parliament

2003 → 2007 for Langata


2002 → 2007 for Langata of National Rainbow Coalition

Minister of Roads & Public Works

2003 → 2005 of Cabinet

Minister of Energy

2001 → 2002 of Cabinet

Member of Parliament

1998 → 2002 for Langata

Party leader

1997 → 2002: Member of Parliament for Lang'ata - National Development Party (NDP)

1993 → 1997 : Member for Lang'ata -NDP

1992 → 1997: Member for Langata - Ford Kenya

BBC Profile

“Raila Odinga is also a former political prisoner, and holds the record for being Kenya's longest-serving detainee.

His struggle against one-party dictatorship saw him detained twice (from 1982 to 1988 and 1989 to 1991) during the rule of Jomo Kenyatta's successor, Daniel arap Moi.

He was initially imprisoned for trying to stage a coup in 1982, which propelled him on to the national stage.

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