Top lawyers in the presidential election petition

Lawyers Kindiki Kithure, Kioko Kilukumi and Fred Ngatia. [Collins Kweyu/David Gichuru, Standard]

Key figures in William Ruto's legal team


  • Graduated with a law degree from the University of Nairobi in 1990.
  • Between 1990 and 1993, he worked with Kaplan and Straton Advocates
  • Left the law firm in 1993 following his appointment as Public Prosecutor in the Kingdom of Swaziland.
  • Returned to Kenya in 1996 and went into private legal practice.
  • A part-time lecturer in criminal litigation.
  • Has handled various prominent cases involving high profile persons
  • Part of President-Elect William Ruto's legal defense team


  • Holds a Bachelor's degree in Laws from Moi University.
  • Obtained a Diploma in Legal Studies from the Kenya School of Law in 20001.
  • Holds a Master's in International Human Rights Law and Democracy and a PhD in International Law, both from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Has served as a lecturer at Moi and Nairobi universities.
  • In 2004, he joined the University of Nairobi where he served until 2005 when he returned to Moi to head the department of Public Law.
  • Served as Secretary of the National Cohesion in the Ministry of Justice soon after the 2008 post-election violence
  • Was instrumental in the drafting of the National Cohesion and Integration Act
  • Was Part of William Ruto's legal team when he faced crimes against humanity charges at the ICC.
  • Part of Ruto's lawyers in Presidential election's petition 2022


  • Has more than 40 years' experience practicing law
  • Holds a Master of Laws degree at the London School of Economics
  • Started legal career in 1980 at Attorney General's Chambers
  • 1987: Went into private practice
  • He has notably been at the forefront of constitutional and judicial review actions
  • His practice also includes public procurement litigation
Lawyers James Orengo and Paul Mwangi. [Collins Kweyu, Standard]

Key lawyers in Raila Odinga's legal team


  • 1971-1974: University of Nairobi graduated Bachelor of Law
  • 1975 -1976 Graduate Student (Advocate of the High Court) Kenya School of Law
  • Over 40 years in legal practice
  • Jurist of the year award, 1998
  • Lead lawyer in the 2017 presidential petition that saw the supreme court nullify the elections


  • Has over 30 years of legal practice and commentary.
  • He is the legal adviser to Raila Odinga
  • Holds Bachelor's degree in Law from the University of Nairobi
  • Played key role in PNU advisory team in the run-up to the 2007 elections
  • Served as national legal adviser of the Yes team in the 2005 referendum.
  • Co-chaired the BBI secretariat
  • Author of The Black Bar: Corruption and Political Intrigues Within Kenya's Legal Fraternity