Kenya Presidential Candidates – Bold Tried & Tested

Kenya Presidential Candidates

Kenya’s democratic journey began in the 1992 when the first multi-party elections were held. This article contains the list of Kenya Presidential candidates since the first multi-party elections. How many have been bold enough to be tried and tested in the Kenyan general elections. Lets have a look at the statistics of the Kenya Presidential candidates. We shall start with the ones who have been on the presidential ballot the most as at March 2022.

The All-time List of Kenya Presidential candidates

Note: This list is subject to change considering the 2022 general elections.

So far 39 candidates have been bold and ambitious enough to be on the ballot as presidential aspirants. Out of the 39 candidates, 4 are women and 35 men. Only 3 have won the elections. Below is the list of the Kenya Presidential candidates

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The Presidents

  1. Daniel Arap Moi – 2 attempts – 2 wins
  2. Uhuru Kenyatta – 3 attempts – 2 wins
  3. Mwai Kibaki – 4 attempts – 2 wins
    • 2002    National Rainbow Coalition    3,646,277 Votes – Won
    • 2007    Party of National Unity           4,584,721 Votes – Won

Those with more than one Attempt

  1. Raila Odinga – 4 attempts
    • 1997    National Development Party  667,886 Votes – 3rd
    • 2007    Orange Democratic Movement          4,352,993 Votes – 2nd  
    • 2013    Coalition for Reforms and Democracy           5,340,546 Votes – 2nd
    • 2017    National Super Alliance          6,822,812 Votes – 2nd
  2. David Waweru Ng’ethe – 3 attempts
    • 1997    Umma Patriotic Party 3,584 Votes – 14th
    • 2002    Chama Cha Uma         10,061 Votes – 5th
    • 2007    Chama Cha Uma         5,976 Votes – 8th
  3. Kenneth Matiba – 2 attempts
    • 1992    FORD – Asili   1,404,266 Votes – 2nd  
    • 2007    Saba Saba Asili    8,046 Votes – 7th  
  4. Mohammed Abduba Dida – 2 attempts
    • 2013    Alliance for Real Change         52,848 Votes – 5th  
    • 2017    Alliance for Real Change         38,004 Votes – 4th
  5. George Anyona – 2 attempts
    • 1992    Kenya Social Congress 14,273 Votes – 5th
    • 1997    Kenya Social Congress   16,428 Votes – 8th

1 Attempt with over 500,000 Votes

  1. Jaramogi Oginga Odinga – 1 attempt
    • 1992    FORD–Kenya   944,197 Votes – 4th
  2. Kalonzo Musyoka – 1 attempt
    • 2007    ODM –Kenya  879,903 Votes – 3rd
  3. Michael Kijana Wamalwa – 1 attempt
    • 1997    FORD–Kenya   505,704 Votes – 4th

1 Attempt with over 100K votes but less than 500K

  1. Charity Ngilu – 1 attempt
    • 1997    Social Democratic Party 488,600 Votes – 5th  
  2. Musalia Mudavadi – 1 attempt
    • 2013    Amani Coalition  483,981 Votes – 3rd
  3. Simeon Nyachae – 1 attempt
    • 2002    FORD–People  345,152 Votes – 3rd

1 Attempt with over 50,000 Votes

  1. Peter Kenneth – 1 attempt
    • 2013    Eagle Alliance  72,786 Votes – 4th

1 Attempt with over 10,000 Votes

  1. Martha Karua – 1 attempt
    • 2013    NARC – Kenya 43,881 Votes – 6th
  2. James ole Kiyiapi – 1 attempt
    • 2013    Restore and Build Kenya  40,998 Votes – 7th
  3. Joseph Nyagah – 1 attempt
    • 2017    Independent   38,029 Votes – 3rd  
  4. Martin Shikuku – 1 attempt
    • 1997    FORD–Asili      36,512 Votes – 6th
  5. Ekuru Aukot – 1 attempt
    • 2017    Thirdway Alliance Kenya        27,400 Votes – 5th
  6. James Orengo – 1 attempt
    • 2002    Social Democratic Party          24,524 Votes – 4th
  7. Katama Mkangi – 1 attempt
    • 1997    Kenya National Congress        23,554 Votes – 7th  
  8. Joseph Karani – 1 attempt
    • 2007    Kenya Patriotic Trust Party     21,171 Votes – 4th
  9. Paul Muite – 1 attempt
    • 2013    Safina  12,580 Votes – 8th
  10. Japheth Kaluyu – 1 attempt
    • 2017    Independent   11,774 Votes – 6th  
  11. Cyrus Jirongo – 1 attempt
    • 2017    United Democratic Party        11,282 Votes – 7th  
  12. Chibule wa Tsuma – 1 attempt
    • 1992    Kenya National Congress        10,221 Votes – 5th

1 Attempt with less than 10,000 Votes

  1. Pius Muiru – 1 attempt
    • 2007    Kenya Peoples’ Party  9,667 Votes – 5th
  2. Michael Wainaina – 1 attempt
    • 2017    Independent   8,870 Votes – 8th  
  3. Nazlin Omar – 1 attempt
    • 2007    Workers Congress Party of Kenya  8,624 Votes – 6th  
  4. Kimani wa Nyoike – 1 attempt
    • 1997    FORD–People  8,306 Votes – 9th
  5. John Harun Mwau – 1 attempt
    • 1992    Party of Independent Candidates of Kenya 8,118 Votes – 7th
  6. Koigi wa Wamwere – 1 attempt
    • 1997    Kenya National Democratic Alliance  7,745 Votes – 10th  
  7. Munyua Waiyaki – 1 attempt
    • 1997    United Patriotic Party 6,194 Votes – 11th  
  8. Nixon Kukubo – 1 attempt
    • 2007    Republican Party of Kenya      5,927 Votes – 7th
  9. David Mukaru Ng’ang’a – 1 attempt
    • 1992    Kenya National Democratic Alliance  5,766 Votes – 8th
  10. Godfrey M’ Mwereria – 1 attempt
    • 1997    Green African Party    4,627 Votes – 12th  
  11. Wangari Maathai – 1 attempt
    • 1997    Labour Party   4,246 Votes – 13th   
  12. Stephen Oludhe – 1 attempt
    • 1997    Independent Economic Party 3,691 Votes – 14th

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