Mukhisa Kituyi, the secretary general of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has quit his position in order to contest for the presidency of Kenya in the upcoming general elections.
Kituyi who has been at the helm of the global trade body since September 2013 is expected to vacate the position on !5th of February. He was reappointed in 2017 after serving an initial four-year term.
The former Kimilili MP who also served as a Cabinet Minister in former President Mwai Kibaki’s administration formally declared interest in the presidency on January 3 during a meeting with a group of professionals in Bungoma.
Kituyi has been touring different parts of the country in recent days ostensibly to popularize his candidature with his latest move to step down from the UN lucrative position sending a strong signal that indeed his ambitions to be Kenya’s fifth president are alive.
With political realignments taking shape in the country ahead of the high stake 2022 General Election, Kituyi is yet to publicly declare which party he will be used to vie for the country’s top seat.
He is expected to offer viable competition to other politicians eyeing the seat including deputy president William Ruto.
Some political analysts have opined that Mukhisa Kituyi could be the compromise candidate that will be fronted by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. This, would present a big challenge for William Ruto considering that he Kituyi would present a new face, without corruption dent and the burden of tribalism.
even more, he would prove more sellable among the middle-class Kenyans, as we as consolidating the support of his western Kenya base which could be pivotal in deciding who wins the upcoming elections.