Only four candidates cleared to run for president in Kenya’s election

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FILE PHOTO: Kenyan opposition leader Odinga to unveil 2022 presidential race candidature in Nairobi
FILE PHOTO: Kenya's Opposition leader Raila Odinga reacts during the Azimio la Umoja (Declaration of Unity) rally to unveil his August 2022 Presidential race candidature at the Moi International Sports centre in Kasarani, Nairobi, Kenya December 10, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Kenyan opposition leader Odinga to unveil 2022 presidential race candidature in Nairobi

 

Four candidates are in the running to become Kenya’s next president, including current deputy president William Ruto and veteran politician Raila Odinga, the electoral body said.

It is the smallest number of candidates to be cleared to stand for the top job in the East African powerhouse since multiparty democracy in the early 1990s.

Only four candidates “met the requisite constitutional and statutory requirements” from a shortlist of 17, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said in a statement late Monday.

Aside from Ruto and Odinga, the other candidates vying for the presidency in the August 9 vote include lawyers David Mwaure and George Wajackoyah — a former spy who once went into exile in Britain.

More than 50 aspirants had expressed interest in standing to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta, who must stand down after serving the maximum of two five-year terms.

This year’s contest is shaping up to be a two-horse race between the president’s erstwhile ally Ruto and 77-year-old former opposition leader Odinga, who now has the backing of Kenyatta.

Wajackoyah, an eccentric lawyer, is running on a pledge to expand the executive, reduce the working week to four days and legalise marijuana.

Mwaure, who had shown interest in running in 2013 but later shelved his candidacy, has pledged to crack down on corruption, a hot-button issue in Kenya.

Women running mates

All the candidates save for Ruto have chosen women as their running mates, which, should they win, would open the door to Kenya’s first female deputy president.

A mainstay of Kenyan politics, Odinga remains hugely popular despite losing four shots at the presidency.

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