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Education background: After his secondary education at Friends School, Kamusinga, he was admitted at the University of Nairobi where he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree.
Politics: Mr Wetang'ula is the Ford Kenya party leader. He was first elected MP when the late former President Daniel Moi nominated him to parliament in 1993. Before then, he had served as a magistrate and also represented soldiers who were involved in the 1982 coup after attempt after he joined private practice.
He also served as chairman of the Electricity Regulatory Board after he lost in the 1997 general election. He was finally elected in 2002 and appointed assistant Minister for Foreign affairs. He was elevated to cabinet minister soon after the disputed 2007 presidential election, where he served until 2012 when he was redeployed to the Ministry of Trade. The reshuffle came after he found himself in the crosshairs of a 2012 coup in Mali in which soldiers overthrew the government of President Amadou Toumani Toure, forcing him into hiding. Mr Wetang'ula was eventually evacuated after being trapped in his hotel room for several days.
He was elected senator of Bungoma County in 2013.
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