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A ballot box stuffed with ballot papers in the 2013 presidential elections. [Photo/Courtesy]

Prominent ICC lawyer Phillip Murgor has expressed interest in running for president in the 2017 General Election.

In a press briefing in Nairobi on Thursday, Murgor said he is ready to offer Kenyans an alternative choice in the 2017 elections.

Murgor was cleared to represent victims and suspects at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2011, becoming only the 10th Kenyan lawyer and the 568th lawyer in the world to get the certification.

“Kenyans finally have a credible candidate who will provide an alternative to existing presidential aspirants,” said Murgor, moments after he was endorsed as the United Democratic Movement (UDM) party leader.

The UDM party leader will now square it out with Jubilee’s Uhuru Kenyatta who is seeking a second term in office.

Other leaders who have expressed interest in the seat include Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) co-principals Raila Odinga of ODM, Kalonzo Musyoka of Wiper and Moses Wetangula of Ford Kenya.

Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi is also eyeing the presidency in the 2017 elections.

The three CORD leaders, together with Mudavadi are however pondering on the possibility of support one candidate in an all-new National Super Alliance (NASA) that would bring together all their integral parties.

Apart from being a renowned lawyer, Murgor has also served as Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), having been appointed into the position by President Mwai Kibaki in 2003, following his success in investigating the Anglo Leasing scandal.

He was however sacked in 2005 for what he alleges to be his investigation into the 1.2 tonnes of cocaine worth Ksh6.4 billion trafficked into the country.

The Nairobi lawyer has however not been completely out of public service. He has been serving, albeit ‘silently’, as the Chairman of Wildlife Direct Kenya (WLD) since 2014.

In this position, Murgor was in the team behind the Hands off our Elephants campaign that was also supported by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.

In April 2016, Murgor together with the Kenya Wildlife Service participated in the destruction of 105 tonnes of ivory, an exercise that was carried out by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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