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Makueni governor Kivutha Kibwana joins 2022 presidential race

by Enock Ndayala

Makueni governor Kivutha Kibwana has officially joined the growing list of 2022 presidential aspirants.

While announcing he will be on the ballot for the top seat, the county boss left Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper party and rejoined the Muungano party, a political vehicle he said he will use to svie for the presidency.

“Kivutha Kibwana will be the President of Kenya because he will be on the ballot in the 2022 presidential elections,” the county boss said on Monday, August 30.

Makueni governor Kivutha Kibwana joins 2022 presidential race
Makueni governor Kivutha Kibwana has officially joined the already crowded 2022 presidential race, a move that appears to puncture Kalonzo Musyoka’s State House bid. Photo: Kivutha Kibwana/Facebook.

Kibwana whose relationship with Kalonzo Musyoka, the Wiper party leader, has been frosty in the recent past said he will soon launch his presidential campaign and urged all those who have expressed their ambitions to succeed retiring President Uhuru Kenyatta to openly come out and declare their ambitions.

Prior to the 2017 General Election, the county boss ditched Muungano party to join Wiper party on whose ticket he successfully defended his gubernatorial sear.

Kibwana’s four-year stay at the Wiper party, where he also served as a Chairman, has however not been all rosy as he has often clashed with party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

Two months ago, Kibwana sensationally claimed ODM leader Raila Odinga was to support Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s 2022 presidential bid if only the National Super Alliance (NASA) won the 2017 presidential election.

Kivutha, in a scathing attack against Kalonzo Musyoka’s presidential journey, said he witnessed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by NASA principals which clearly stated the condition under which Raila was to endorse Kalonzo for the 2022 presidency.

“I witnessed an agreement between Raila Odinga and Stephen Kalonzo detailing that Raila would support Kalonzo in 2022 if NASA won in 2017 and it was intact until 2022,” Kibwana said through Twitter.

This prompted the Wiper party to write to Kibwana seeking explanations as to why he thinks he should not be expelled from the party for undermining Kalonzo.

Kivutha in a rejoinder vowed not to respond to the Wiper party threats and dared the party to make good its threats of ejecting him.

“Let them (Wiper) do as they wish. I cannot stop them from ejecting me from the party… If I’m no longer useful to the party, I cannot stop them from doing what they want,” Makueni governor Kivutha Kibwana said.

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