Top gubernatorial independent candidates

Many were floored in the party primaries.

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Here is a list:

JOSEPH NDATHI - GOVERNOR KIRINYAGA COUNTY (FORMERLY IN JUBILEE)

Joseph Ndathi was born in 1957 in the Kirinyaga County. He once served as Director of Administration, Secretary Foreign Service Administration (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) Deputy secretary, principal Immigration Officer and Director of Immigration Services(Office of the President).

He is battling to retain his seat as an independent candidate after being floored by Anne Waiguru, former Devolution Cabinet Secretary. Martha Karua (Narc – Ke) and Karani Macharia of Maendeleo Chapa Chap will be in the race as well.

In 2013, Mr Ndathi garnered 148,226 on a TNA ticket to be the Kirinyaga County governor against his close rival Bedan Muriithi Kagai of then GNU who had 65,070.

In the recent primaries, Mr Ndathi got 11,556 while former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru got 100,632 votes.

About Waiguru

Ms Waiguru, a former Cabinet secretary for Devolution, is under investigations for the theft of up to Sh1.9 billion belonging to the National Youth Service (NYS).

Abused, lost or unaccounted for money includes funds meant for slum upgrading of a 3.5-km road in Kibera, Nairobi.

The candidate is accused of giving directives that ensured procurement and payments were centralised at the NYS headquarters and hence overriding and undermining meaningful oversight by other State departments.

An IPSOS public perception survey released on September 8, 2015 ranked the candidate as third most corrupt leader.

WILLIAM KABOGO - GOVERNOR KIAMBU COUNTY  (FORMERLY IN JUBILEE)

He was born on 4th April 1961 in Kiambu. Undergraduate Student of Punjab University, India (Bachelor of Commerce)

1975 – 1978: Secondary School Student of Thika Technical School (Kenya Certificate of Education)

1966 – 1974: Primary School Student of St. Georges Ruiru (Certificate of Primary Education).

Until early May, Kabogo was a member of Jubilee party. He ditched Jubilee after being floored by Kabete lawmaker Ferdinand Waititu.

He has resorted to be an independent candidate to defend his seat. Meanwhile he will be facing off with Mr Waititu who is vying on a Jubilee party ticket.

In 2013, William Kabogo Gitau, on a TNA ticket got 487,631 votes against his rival James Karanja Nyoro (NARC) who had 241,658 votes. In the Jubilee nominations, Kabogo got 69,000 votes. The victor, Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu garnered over 350,000, prompting Waititu to announce an independent candidature.

CLEOPHAS KIPROP LAGAT - GOVERNOR NANDI COUNTY (FORMERLY IN JUBILEE)

Cleophas Kiprop Lagat is a Kenyan politician and the governor for Nandi County. He is a member of United Republican Party and a coalition member of Jubilee Alliance. He was elected alongside his deputy governor Dominic Chepyagan Biwott. He lost to Stephen Sang in the nominations and he will not be vying to retain his seat.

However, Sang will be facing off with independent candidates Anderson Serem and Nicholas Tirop.

In the 2013 elections, Lagat Cleophas Kiprop (URP) got 194,291 votes against his closest rival Bett Judah Kimeli (KANU) who had 17,292.

BENJAMIN CHEBOI - GOVERNOR BARINGO COUNTY (FORMERLY IN JUBILEE)

Benjamin Chesire Cheboi was born in 1958 in Baringo district. Graduate student at the University of Manchester United Kingdom, Master’s Degree in Financing Higher Education. He was an undergraduate student at the University of Nairobi, Bachelor of Science Degree.

He is an affiliate of Jubilee Party but lost I the primaries to Stanley Kaptis, who will be going for the set on a Jubilee ticket, Mr Kaptis will battle with KANU’s Isaac Chebwon in August polls.

In the 2013 elections, Cheboi Benjamin (URP) had 99,356 votes against his close rival Stanley Kiptis (KANU) who had 44,883 votes.

JACKTON RANGUMA – GOVERNOR KISUMU (FORMERLY IN ODM) – KISUMU COUNTY

Jackton Ranguma studied Public Finance and Development, Tax Policy and Revenue Forecasting, Restructuring and Reconstruction, Project Management and International Management.

Prior to his entry into politics Jack Ranguma worked as an accountant for close to 30 years. In 1979, he was appointed Audit Manager in charge of a large quasi-government in audit portfolio by BDO International.

He was promoted to Partner in charge of audit services in 1989, and served as Partner and Head of Financial and Management Consultancy Services between 1991 and 2001.

In 2002 he was appointed Commissioner of Income Tax, and later Commissioner of Domestic Taxes, Kenya Revenue Authority. In 2008 he became Senior Policy Advisor, Tax Justice Network Africa, a pan-African organization.

Graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Master of Science (International Accounting and Management Information Systems). He also holds a Masters Degree in Accounting and Finance.

He also studied Public Finance and Development, Tax Policy and Revenue Forecasting, Restructuring and Reconstruction, Project Management and International Management.

He will be defending his seat in August as an independent candidate, facing off with Omolo Peter Owino (ANC) and Anyang Nyongo of ODM

Jackton Nyanungo Ranguma (ODM) got 336,270 votes in 2013 against his rival Francis Otieno Oseny of TNA who got 7,300.

PETER KENNETH (FORMERLY IN JUBILEE) – NAIROBI COUNTY  

He is a former Gatanga Constituency Member of Parliament who lost in the jubilee Party primaries. Peter Kenneth was first elected a Member of Parliament for Gatanga Constituency in December 2002 on a National rainbow coalition ticket. He held this seat up to 2013 general elections where he vied for presidency. His constituency was voted the best managed in Kenya, during his tenure.

He once served as the Assistant Minister, Ministry of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030.

He has interests in Farming, Insurance, Real Estate and Manufacturing. He also has a lot of interest in sports, having been the chairman of Kenya Football Federation (1996 – 2000) and FIFA Committee Member (FUTSAL) 1998 – 2000.

LEE KINYANJUI (JUBILEE) – NAKURU COUNTY

He belongs to the Jubilee Party and was elected to represent the Nakuru Town Constituency in the National Assembly of Kenya since the Kenyan parliamentary election, 2007.

He is a 35-year-old graduate of Kenyatta University where he graduated in Literature and later pursued a Master's degree in Business Administration at the University of Nairobi. He once served as an assistant minister for roads.

Recently he resigned as the chairman of National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to vie for the gubernatorial seat in Nakuru. He is said to be a close ally of DP William Ruto.

PAUL NYONGESA OTUOMA (INDEPENDENT) – BUSIA COUNTY

Mr Paul Otuoma has been a staunch member of the Raila Odinga led Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) until 21st April 2017 when he tendered his resignation.

He was first elected to parliament to represent the Funyula Constituency in the National Assembly of Kenya in 2007. He once served as the Minister for Local Government between 2010 and 2013. At the movement is serving as the Member of Parliament Funyula Constituency of Busia County.

In the April ODM primaries, incumbent Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong clinched the ODM ticket with 92,358 votes against Paul Otuoma's 63,752 votes.

He was born on 15 September 1966. He attended Khalsa primary school in Nairobi and proceeded to becoming a student at Eastliegh High School, in Nairobi from 1981 to 1984 and then went to Nairobi School from 1985 to 1986. He is married with 4 children.

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