Cyrus Shakhalanga Khwa Jirongo

Jirongo first expressed his presidential interest in 1998.

___6762676___https:______static.pulse.com.gh___webservice___escenic___binary___6762676___2017___5___31___13___JIRONGO

Between 1978 and 1981 he went to Mang'u High School. He became the chairman of AFC Leopards football club in 1991. In 1992, Jirongo together with William Samoei Ruto, led the Youth for Kanu '92 (YK '92) movement supporting the then ruling KANU party ahead of the first multiparty elections in Kenya. Jirongo became an MP during the 1997 elections when he won the Lugari Constituency seat.

Two years later he fell out with KANU and was associated with the unregistered United Democratic Movement party. Nevertheless, ahead of the 2002 elections, he was appointed the Rural Development Minister. He later formed a new political party known as Kenya African Democratic Development Union (KADDU) and successfully reclaimed the Lugari Constituency seat at the 2007 elections.

In his bid to become Kenya's fourth president, he had been identified with the URP and more recently New FORD-Kenya, before formally joining the Federal Party of Kenya. Jirongo first expressed his presidential interest in 1998.

He, however, did not appear on the ballot and this, therefore, makes the first time he is on the ballot as a presidential candidate. In 2013, he vied for the Senate in 2013 but lost to Boni Khalwale. He is the United Democratic Party leader Cyrus leader, a party he is vying through and his running mate hails from Kisii.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

Live: Follow Raila's running mate unveiling at KICC [Video]

Live: Follow Raila's running mate unveiling at KICC [Video]

Gideon Moi makes U-turn, heads at the SKM command ahead of major announcement [Video]

Gideon Moi makes U-turn, heads at the SKM command ahead of major announcement [Video]

Nairobi Expressway motorists report traffic jam on 3rd day of trials [Photos]

Nairobi Expressway motorists report traffic jam on 3rd day of trials [Photos]

Karua arrives at KICC ahead of unveiling of Raila's running mate [Video]

Karua arrives at KICC ahead of unveiling of Raila's running mate [Video]

Gachagua vows not to hunt President Kenyatta after retirement despite persecution

Gachagua vows not to hunt President Kenyatta after retirement despite persecution

I am innocent, corruption allegations are politically motivated - Gachagua

I am innocent, corruption allegations are politically motivated - Gachagua

330 phonecalls: How Rigathi edged out Kindiki to become Ruto's running mate [Video]

330 phonecalls: How Rigathi edged out Kindiki to become Ruto's running mate [Video]

Kalonzo meets Wiper leaders ahead of major announcement

Kalonzo meets Wiper leaders ahead of major announcement

Raila pushes running mate announcement to Monday

Raila pushes running mate announcement to Monday