Posted June 6, 2021 1:18 pm by

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 6 – Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi teed off in the 18-hole Thika Greens Golf Resort while maintaining a sharp eye on where it lands Saturday when he met the Capital FM News crew.

Every time he would birdie, he would raise his fist and then proceed to the next challenge.

As the eyes were on the golf ball, so he is on the 2022 presidential bid and he won’t stop.

Mukhisa resigned last year from the coveted post of Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to re-enter Kenyan politics having served as a Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister in former President Mwai Kibaki’s administration.

He is now keen to replace President Uhuru Kenyatta whose second and final term ends next year in what has ignited a major political storm. So far only two candidates have shown serious interest in the seat-Deputy Presiden Willian Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

While Odinga is banking on support from the current administration and his solid political background, Ruto is selling his bottom-up economic approach having fallen out with his boss over association with the former Prime Minister.

Kituyi said his aims at turning around the fortunes of the country, currently struggling with an economic meltdown lately attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said he also wants to save public resources from massive plundering that has gone on for years.

In 24 hours, Kenya loses at least Sh 2 billion to corruption, according to recent revelations by President Kenyatta.

So is Kituyi a [political] non-starter?

“When I came back from my tour of duty from Geneva, I announced that I was going to do some substantial consultations starting from Western Kenya. Unfortunately, soon as I came from the very successful tour of Western Kenya, the pandemic was spiking in the country and the government suspended large gatherings and super spreader events. We have significantly been casualties of this,” he said.

With the pandemic, he said, he has changed his tact and style of marketing his bid, to ensure he does not become an agent of spreading the disease.

He also spoke on how he intends to revive the country’s shrinking economy, slay the dragon of corruption and eliminate ethnicity if elected.

“We have different characteristics of localized problems, but our problems are very national. There are no solutions to the challenges a Digo is facing without a solution to the challenge of a vulnerable Kikuyu,” Kituyi said.

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