Little-known Kiambu Bishop Zablon Karanja Mbugua has declared his intentions to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2022 presidential elections becoming the latest outsider to join the race after gospel singer Reuben Kigame.
Speaking on Sunday, August 15, Mbugua of the Biblical Pentecostal Apostolic Church said the country is ruled by politicians who have ruined the country’s economy and that it is time for religious leaders to be given leadership positions to bring about change.
The former paramilitary officer, who once served in the General Service Unit investigation department for four years told Citizen Digital that the country was facing a defining moment economically.
“We are at a defining moment when we are at war against the economic downtrend and broken aspirations,”
“My government, once elected will work for a new dawn with clearly spelled out policies,” he said.
While expressing optimism that he will win the presidential election, the paramilitary officer-turned-Bishop further stated that his government will do away with politicians who he said are thieves who have milked the country’s resources dry.
“I will do away with thieves. We are taking over the government next year, we do not want politicians now,” the Bishop said.
He said if elected, his government would take the education sector seriously, saying parents would not pay a penny in primary, secondary, and even higher learning institutions including universities.
Mbugua joins celebrated artiste Reuben Kagame as the only two presidential hopefuls who are not politicians.
The two now join a growing list of among others, Deputy President William Ruto, ODM leader Raila Odinga, KANU chairperson Gideon Moi and Musalia Mudavadi of Amani National Congress.
Apart from Bishop Zablon Karanja, Bishop Bishop Margaret Wanjiru of Jesus is alive and Pastor Godfrey Migwi have also expressed their intentions to venture into politics in the 2022 General Election.