2022 Succession politics has gained early momentum, with the Former Trade minister Mukhisa Kituyi, making it official that he will be on the race.
Mukhisa, Kenya’s highest-ranking diplomat in the United Nations system, has already set up a secretariat which will lead his campaign trail and steer his bid to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.
According to The Star Newspaper, Mukhisa will join the much contested race for presidency using a different political party that does not clash with Jubilee or Nasa.
His declaration has already started raising a lot of questions. Most people are asking if he is ‘Uhuru’s secret project.’ This is because Uhuru was on record stating that his 2022 presidential choice will shock many.
His bid will also jolt political bigwigs eyeing the country’s top job, especially in his Western Kenya backyard. His candidature is likely to cause a political nightmare for ANC leaders Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford Kenya counterpart Musalia Mudavadi who are also eyeing the top seat.
Mukhisa confirmed he will contest for the top job after completing his international assignment as secretary general of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
“After I complete my international mandate, I want to take seriously the possibility of offering myself as part of a national solution [and] national renewal. Building on the experience of the current government, [ want to say] how we now build better. I want to make that contribution,” Mukhisa said.
Mukhisa describes himself as an “intellectually finished product”.
“I am 63 years old, relatively of good health. I think I am intellectually a finished product.
“I have an idea about governance, international experience, international best practices. I have had a privilege – on duty – to visit 119 countries, which is more than most people visit in their lifetimes,” he told the star.
On his relationship with the handshake duo, Mukhisa said he consults a lot with both Uhuru and Raila and enjoys good relationships with other political aspirants for the presidency, including Mudavadi.
“I have a very good relationship with the President. When the opportunity has arisen, I have shared with him candidly my thoughts on some of the areas where the UN system can be of contribution to this country,” he said.
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Concerning Raila, the UNCTAD boss said, “We have a very positive and long-running history of engagement. [I remember him] staying in my son’s bedroom in ‘domestic exile’ before we took him to Norway where his first call of residence was my father in-law’s house. We share very many ideas of a scenario of a better Kenya.”
Mukhisa hid Raila in his residence in Mountain View Estate, Nairobi, as he brokered his flight to exile in Norway when President Daniel Moi was hunting him down.
Mukhisa joins a growing list of candidates seeking to succeed President Kenyatta.
They include Deputy President William Ruto, ANC leader Mudavadi, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana and his Machakos counterpart Alfred Mutua.
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