Mukhisa Kituyi, remember him? Well, he is the current Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development UNCTAD, and the former Kimilili MP in Bungoma County.
As Kenya heads to another deep political period, alignment and formation of groupings have started being put in place with the 2022 general elections expected to be the hottest of them all.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto have openly stated their interests and are at the point of open political tear-down.
Elected as a team, Uhuru and Ruto were brothers, the face of a new era that had not been witnessed in Kenya.
Holding mega rallies, hiring of international PR firms, donning matching outfits were some of the strategies they used to beat their opponents.
Then came the infamous promise, that Uhuru would rule for ten years, then hand over to Ruto to steer the country a further ten years.
Well, the statement is debatable; some think there was no such promise while others believe that it is a debt that will be paid.
Those who are opposed to the idea, seemingly Uhuru’s supporters have been slowly pushing him to realign himself and ‘clean’ house to focus on development.
However, Ruto’s supporters have been at the forefront of campaigns ensuring that it’s known that the DP will be the man to beat in 2022.
It’s for this reason, that Kieleweke and Tangatanga groupings were born.
Uhuru’s kieleweke is said to be oiled and financed by a group of politicians and business people who refer to themselves as ‘The Deep State’ and their candidate of choice is this man Mukhisa Kituyi.
Analyst Ben Mulwa believes that Mukhisa would be an ideal and interesting candidate who has had a taste of both local and global politics.
He, however, expresses concern on the probability of the 64-year-old winning an election.
“The fact is Mukhisa would be an interesting man to watch in our Presidential pool, however, it is too early to settle on a candidate,” Mulwa told Viusasa News.
Mulwa believes that the hardest assignment Mukhisa would face is to first convince the common voter that he is the ideal candidate and secondly to localise his politics.
“I would not be shocked that residents of his constituency who he represented for 10 years do not really understand the seat he holds and how powerful it is,” he added.
His thoughts are further echoed by analyst Barack Muluka who says Mukhisa would have to start playing politics locally starting with uniting the larger Luhya vote.
“I may not speak much about his interest because I also have my own but for him to be a huge threat he has to start working on it right now, two years is a long time in politics but it is also very short when you’re starting fresh,” Muluka told Viusasa News.
Kituyi has been at the UNCTAD for the last seven years after serving in various bodies both locally and internationally.
He served as Member of Parliament between 1992 and 2013 when he lost his seat to David Eseli.
In his time in Kenyan politics, Mukhisa was a very effective leader serving as an Opposition Chief Whip from 2002 to 2007 as well as Chairing the Council of Ministers of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa and the African Trade Ministers’ Council.