Uhuru and Raila Preparation to Back Mukhisa Kituyi In 2022
Kituyi, the honorable Minister of Trade of the Kibaki Government, has been said to be favored in Musalia by influential people in the presidency. His tenure at the UN Trade Development Conference in Geneva will end in July next year. They told the Star that if the leader of the Orange party does not challenge the presidency, the former trade minister is considered a compromise candidate.
Raila may seek the presidency for the fourth time, but he has not announced his intention in 2022. It is understated that, because of his political experience and his international profile, Uhuru considers Kituyi to be his potential successor.
ANC chief Musalia Mudavadi has also been considered as a possible successor. Kituyi is the General Secretary of the United Nations Conference on Trade in Geneva and could then use this position in 2022 for the preparation of a presidential staff.
His Unctad tour of office concludes in July 2021, a year before the next general election in the world in 2022. In September 2013, He was named to the office of the seventh Secretary General of the UN Organization.
The UN General Assembly in July 2017 renewed his term for another four years. The wrangles were associated with his return in Ford Kenya.
“All that we are seeing happening in Ford Kenya has everything to do with preparing the ground for the return of Kituyi who will use the party as his presidential vehicle,” a senior Ford Kenya insider aware of the plans said.
The drive for the retrenchment of Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula as Party Chief is part of a broader political agenda to ultimately move the group to Mwai Kibaki, a valued Minister of Commerce.
After a Palace coup on 30 May by a section of the National Executive Council, Wetang'ula, codirect or of the opposition Nasa Coalition, battles to seize Ford Kenya. Senator Wafula Wamunyinyi seeks to bar Kanduyi MP Wafula Nderitu from being reaffirmed as the current party chief on suspected corruption and illegality by the Registrar of political parties.
Wetang'ula protested against Nderitis attempt to publish a public statement that officials are supposed to shift to the group headed by Wamunyinyi. The battling chief says in a petition to the registrar that about fourteen leaders of a NEC group who intend to throw him out do not belong to the highest organ of the Organization.
He also denounces the use of government officials affiliated with the Bungoma and trans Nzoa Counties as members of the NEC by Secretary General Eseli Simiyu against the Constitution.
“The Constitution bars public servants from engaging in politics,” the petition reads even as some on the list Eseli presented have denied being present and disowned their signatures.
The constitution of the Ford Kenya party permits a half of the 75 total members of the NEC to reject the leader of the party. The Eseli team succeeded in bringing together 44 members who are audited by the Wetang'ula team and have verified documents.
But the senator's struggles to restore the Group have contributed to a well-planned attempt at appointing Kituyi as the chief of the Ford Kenya, a significant political blow to the Bungoma Senator. The group is led by Eugene Wamalwa, Secretary of the Devolution Office, cousin of Kituyi. Wamalwa was unable to confirm or refuse the Kituyi plot yesterday.
"Politics is dynamic is all I can say," he said. Kituyi and Wetang'ula hail from the Bukusu clan of the vote-rich Luyha community in Western Kenya. On Wednesday, Ford Kenya deputy party leader Richard Onyonka, could not confirm nor deny the reports linking the Unctad boss to the party wrangles.
Regarded as a neutral arbiter in the Wetang'ula-Wamunyinyi factional wars, the Kitutu Chache South MP said, " I don't know anything about anything" when asked about the plot for Kituyi. But Simiyu, the Tongaren MP, who is the current Ford Kenya secretary-general allied to the Wamunyinyi faction, could not directly link the takeover to Kituyi's return.
“Men and women who left the party are ready and willing to come back. If Mukhisa Kituyi is among them, so be it,” Simiyu said tactifully to the Star's question. Wamunyingi said his team is ready and determined to revamp Ford Kenya after years of “misrule.”
“We want to be clear that everyone is welcome. Even Mukhisa Kituyi is welcome to the party now,” he said. Independent interviews with at least seven different politicians from Ford Kenya and powerful faces in government disclosed a tightly-knit scheme that pointed to a possible Kituyi presidency.
Tellingly, Kituyi last month sent out a message to his close allies and supporters in what gave the clearest indication of his intention to throw his hat in the presidential contest ring.
“Friends, over the past three months, I have been inundated by messages of goodwill and requests to offer myself as a candidate for the presidency of Kenya at the next general elections. I am deeply touched by your overwhelming support and the confidence you have in me to serve our country in this high office,” his May 19 message read.
The former Trade minister assured anxious supporters that he is actively considering the matter and will formally communicate his decision at an appropriate time in the near future.
“In the near future, once travel restrictions are lifted, I intend to travel home to meet old and new friends including many of you to share my vision for our people and hold consultations on the future of our county and my role,” he said.
Kituyi is in a scheme that could cause heartbreak and fear according to sources that are informed of Presidential schemes in 2022, and Kenyatta in the succession matrix of 2022. It is said that in the succession game plan of Uhuru he is recognized as a safe pair of hands that muddy waters for Musalia. In the 2022 presidential duel the ANC leader who comes like Kituyi from the nation of Luyha has long been claimed as a presidential candidate for a compromise, as well as a safe hand pair.
There are reports that he can plan a working arrangement with Deputy President William Ruto in 2022, who failed in the Uhuru succession. Recently, he made me a major Western and Rift valley political ally of Ruto. He also met Peter Kenneth and Martha Karua, former presidential candidates.
These meetings led to speculations that Ruto could warm up with politicians who believed the DP could also drop his presidential ambitions and support the leaders of the ANC.
With politicians seeking to replace Uhuru, the arrival of Mukhisa could confuse other big-big fishing calculations, like Raila, for the president's approval.
The mighty Secretary of the Interior Cabinet Fred Matiangii may be forced to the edge, at one time being named the likely joint Presidential nominee of Uhuru-Raila in 2022. But others suggest Matiang'i remains in the middle.
“There is a strong feeling that Kituyi would be the best option to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta because of his untainted career as well as his accountability credentials,” said a senior political strategist aware of the intrigues of Uhuru's succession plans.
The official, who chose to be anonymous, claimed that the way was being prepared for Kituyi's return before elaborate political activities are rolled out to market him across the nation once he is back from duty in Geneva.
“Kituyi has a massive track record decorated with impressive performance whenever he served including when he was the country's Trade minister during Kibaki's first term,” the official said. Kituyi is a co-founder of Ford-Kenya, which he however briefly left in 2006 for Narc Kenya before heading to New-Ford Kenya in 2007.
He lost Kimilili's parliamentary seat to Simiyu, now Tongaren 's representative, during polls that were marred by the post-election chaos. In 2010, before the 2013 polls, Kituyi rejoined Ford Kenya but was dismissed from his ticket for the Bungoma Senate.