Some of the politicians who did not manage to secure seats in the 2017 General Election made efforts to stay afloat in the political world with various initiatives in the public light.

William Kabogo

The former Kiambu governor regularly posted comments about the high impact stories of the day, occasionally correcting leaders on policies he found to be amiss.

Kabogo also made a point of sharing photos of himself beside national leaders after holding private talks with them.


Former Kiambu governor William Kabogo (twitter)


Boni Khalwale

The former Kakamega Senator, who had eyed the Kakamega governor’s seat, managed to secure a position within the Ford-Kenya party.

He remained vocal through discussion panel on NTV’s AM Live show and was also one of the most active politicians on his Twitter handle.


Ford-K deputy party leader Boni Khalwale with his wife Irene (twitter)


He posted a number of controversial remarks that kept him appearing on headlines.

Isaac Ruto

Former Bomet Governor spent most of his year publicly criticising his successor Dr Joyce Laboso.

Towards the end of the year, he disclosed that he had been holding private meetings with Deputy President William Ruto.

Ruto announced that the discussions with the DP had yielded a new job for him, which would see him allow Governor Laboso to run county affairs without the fierce opposition.


Former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto with DP William Ruto (twitter)


He is expected to have a busy 2019 touring various parts of the country for regional and national political developments.

David Musila

The veteran Ulkambani politician may have driven the last nail in his political coffin in the year 2018 after he left Wiper party.

After a few weeks of pushing for the Kamba community to be included in national politics, he gave up the fight and remained quiet, in terms of headlines.


Former Kitui Senator David Musila (twitter)



The politician, however, declared that he had sided with the Jubilee regime to avoid being in the political “cold”.

The shift paid off with a presidential appointment to chair the board of the National Museum.

Omar Hassan

Former Mombasa senator Hassan Omar remained quiet for most of the year following the collapse of his petition challenging Governor Hassan Joho’s win.

He returned to his human rights advocacy roots and resurfaced toward the end of the year in a visit to special AU envoy Raila Odinga.


Former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar (twitter)


Miguna Miguna

The fiery lawyer is arguably the only election loser who managed to remain a key player in politics after losing the Nairobi gubernatorial race.

He kicked off the year by swearing in ODM party leader Raila odinga as the ‘People’s President’.

That single act led to his deportation out of Kenya and back to Canada, where his wife and children reside.

He also released a new book, “Treason: A case against tyrants & renegades”.


Lawyer Miguna Miguna (twitter)