Senior counsel David Mwaura Waihiga hit the headlines on Sunday, March 20, 2022, after he declared his bid for the presidency.
Mwaura is the father to Citizen TV news anchor Waihiga Mwaura.
The senior counsel announced that he is seeking to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta as head of state during the August 9, general elections on an Agano Party ticket.
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In this article, WoK profiles the background, education, and career of Senior Counsel Mwaura.
Background & Education
Mwaura is the father to Citizen TV’s Waihiga Mwaura. He boasts a religious background that seen through his son.
During a past interview on Citizen TV, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen revealed that while he was a student at the University of Nairobi, he used to invite Senior Counsel Mwaura to preach to them.
“I used to invite your father and mother, who are great people to come to preach to us in the Christian Union,” Murkomen told Waihiga Mwaura.
The senior counsel is a lawyer. He holds a certificate of law from the Kenya School of Law. He is also a member of the bar.
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Mwaura boasts a vast experience in the field of law. In 2020, he was among candidates interviewed for the Chief Justice job.
During his interview, Justice Nduma Nderi praised him for his expertise in legal matters noting that the two served in the same law firm while starting out.
“I was also in the same firm as Waihiga Mwaura’s father who was an associate there, a very staunch Christian and advocate of repute in the country and father to a Citizen TV anchor and in their hands I started my career as a young advocate quite well,” stated Nderi.
The two worked under Singh Vohra who founded the firm, Vohra and Gitau Advocates. Vohra would later become the founder of the popular Sarova Hotels.
Mwaura founded Agano Party in 2006. He has unsuccessfully contested elective office since.
Agano Party describes itself as a party for all Kenyans. It believes on leaders who are rooted and firmly established on just and righteous principles.
In 2011, Mwaura lost the Kamukunji by-election after the seat fell vacant following a ruling by the high court nullified Simon Mbugua’s election citing numerous malpractices in 2007.
The election petition which was filed by ODM’s Ibrahim Ahmed and was dragged in court for three years and attracted several complainants.
In 2021, Agano Party endorsed the senior counsel to contest the Naorobi Gubernatorial seat following the ouster of former Governor, Mike Sonko.
“We are in this race to represent all Nairobians and remove thieves, crooks, cartels and those who have sponsored and will sponsor others for the upcoming by-election from the future leadership of this nation.
“We want to ask Nairobians not to waste themselves. You need to choose a new person. We want to recover all Nairobi’s stolen funds and opportunities,” he said at the time.
David Mwaura Waihiga recently declared his bid for the presidency. He was endorsed by his party to succeed President Kenyatta.