The Presidential Series

The journey’s of presidential aspirants, whose stories intertwine with Kenya’s history are explored in these compelling profiles. This project is a collaboration between Debunk Media and the Star Newspaper.

William Ruto’s Grand Hustle

Whether he ascends to Kenya’s presidency on August 9 or not, at 55, deputy president William Samoei Ruto has done the impossible. This is partly courtesy of safeguards entrenched in the country’s 2010 Constitution – which prevented President Uhuru Kenyatta from sacking Ruto or forcing him to resign – and partly thanks to Ruto’s own grit, raw ambition and indefatigability, powered by a corresponding financial war chest which has sustained Ruto’s five year State House bid.

An Enigma in Kenyan Politics.

Raila Odinga’s Grand Finale

To Odinga’s supporters, who knew him by various epithets; jakom (chairman), agwambo (mystery man), among others, skeptics could say whatever they wished to say about their man, but the verdict was out. There was only one enigma in Kenyan politics. His name was Raila Odinga.

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The Man Kenya Needs to Know

The Error of Ignoring Reuben Kigame

You know that game where you’re asked if you were to have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would you pick? I know you may already have your favorites, but the next time you’re asked that question, say Reuben Kigame, whether it’s a game you’re playing or you mean it. You’ll thank me later. …

The Man Kenya Needs to Know

The Error of Ignoring Reuben Kigame

You know that game where you’re asked if you were to have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would you pick? I know you may already have your favorites, but the next time you’re asked that question, say Reuben Kigame, whether it’s a game you’…

Man In A Hurry

Is Alfred Mutua for Real or Is It Hocus-Pocus?

For two general elections, Moses Masika Wetangula has been one of four principals in the main opposition coalition, and is now a principal a third time, hoping his coalition will ascend to state power. To Wetangula, being a principal is good political arithmetics, since whoever becomes president is …

Man In A Hurry

Is Alfred Mutua for Real or Is It Hocus-Pocus?

For two general elections, Moses Masika Wetangula has been one of four principals in the main opposition coalition, and is now a principal a third time, hoping his coalition will ascend to state power. To Wetangula, being a principal is good politica…

Slow But Sure, Safe and Steady

Musalia Mudavadi’s Blessing and Drawback

You’ll catch a glimpse of them if you went to watch a game of rugby at the Kenya Rugby Union grounds on Ngong Road. They’re usually in their 50s or 60s, well built (some with a belly, the sloshing takes a toll) and maintaining a gentlemanly mien, always spotting a fedora. They keep to themselves and…

Slow But Sure, Safe and Steady

Musalia Mudavadi’s Blessing and Drawback

You’ll catch a glimpse of them if you went to watch a game of rugby at the Kenya Rugby Union grounds on Ngong Road. They’re usually in their 50s or 60s, well built (some with a belly, the sloshing takes a toll) and maintaining a gentlemanly mien, alw…

The People’s Governor

Will Kivutha Kibwana’s Midas Touch Suffice?

There is no better way to describe Prof. Kivutha Kibwana other than by looking at two men from India, Mohandas Gandhi and Bhimrao Ramji Ambedka. Gandhi, a man from an upper caste, became world renowned for his meekness, activism and controversies, while Ambedka, a man from the lowest caste, wasn’t n…

The People’s Governor

Will Kivutha Kibwana’s Midas Touch Suffice?

There is no better way to describe Prof. Kivutha Kibwana other than by looking at two men from India, Mohandas Gandhi and Bhimrao Ramji Ambedka. Gandhi, a man from an upper caste, became world renowned for his meekness, activism and controversies, wh…

The Quintessential Principal

Moses Wetangula’s Mastery of the Long Game

For two general elections, Moses Masika Wetangula has been one of four principals in the main opposition coalition, and is now a principal a third time, hoping his coalition will ascend to state power. To Wetangula, being a principal is good political arithmetics, since whoever becomes president is …

The Quintessential Principal

Moses Wetangula’s Mastery of the Long Game

For two general elections, Moses Masika Wetangula has been one of four principals in the main opposition coalition, and is now a principal a third time, hoping his coalition will ascend to state power. To Wetangula, being a principal is good politica…

Man Ahead of His Time

Mukhisa Kituyi’s Liberation Theology

Lately, Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi’s favorite phrase is Enterprise Kenya, speaking on the need for the country to not merely survive but prosper and satisfactorily fulfil its obligations to its people. But don’t get it twisted. The man who can readily talk shop and drown you in jargon owes his roots to the …

Man Ahead of His Time

Mukhisa Kituyi’s Liberation Theology

Lately, Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi’s favorite phrase is Enterprise Kenya, speaking on the need for the country to not merely survive but prosper and satisfactorily fulfil its obligations to its people. But don’t get it twisted. The man who can readily talk s…

From Speaker to Spokesman

The Metamorphosis of JB Muturi

Justin Bedan Njoka Muturi believes the big ideas have always been there, and will always be there. To Muturi, what’s lacking in Kenya’s governance is discipline and order. Yes, I know. The Speaker wants to bring order! In this deep-dive on Muturi’s life and times, journalist and Debunk Media’s Edito…

From Speaker to Spokesman

The Metamorphosis of JB Muturi

Justin Bedan Njoka Muturi believes the big ideas have always been there, and will always be there. To Muturi, what’s lacking in Kenya’s governance is discipline and order. Yes, I know. The Speaker wants to bring order! In this deep-dive on Muturi’s l…

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