Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana will run for president in the 2022 presidential election.
Kibwana who is a second-term governor said that he was prevailed upon by the voters to join the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“I have listened to the voice of Wanjiku asking me to run for presidency in the coming election.”
“I am available, ready and willing to be Wanjiku’s President. Will go all the way to the Ballot Box with Wanjiku in 2022. We must ensure devolution works for our communities,” Kibwana announced his candidature in a twitter post.
His decision could compromise Ukambani political unity, further splitting the votes and compromising the region’s bargaining power at the negotiation table.
Ukambani Now Has Four Kingpins
Ukambani already has three leaders locked in supremacy battles. Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, her Machakos counterpart Alfred Mutua are already rummaging through the vote rich region for crumbs, with Kalonzo Musyoka having already claimed the lion’s share.
This won’t be the first time though that the seasoned civil rights activist is laying claim on public goodwill to take a stab at the presidency.
He first expressed interest last August during the annual Tobong’u Lore Festival in Turkana.
His decision to join the fray will further dilute his relationship with Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka whom they have enjoyed a good rapport with in the past. He abandoned the party last year, quitting his role as chaiman Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Democratic while citing issues within the party.
His position was taken over by former Matuga MP Chirau Ali Mwakwere.