Makueni governor Mr. Kivutha Kibwana has said that he will run for the presidency in 2022.
Responding to Jeff Koinange Live on citizen TV, professor Kibwana said motivation for the top seat has been informed by the constant calls emanating from the people who have recognized his good leadership credentials as governor of Makueni county.
Professor Kibwana becomes the second governor in Ukambani region to declare his interest in the Presidency after Machakos governor Alfred Mutua who has declared and has been running messages in various vernacular languages throughout the country.
He also dismissed as rumors the allegations linking him to being deputy president William Ruto’s political project. The governor maintained that he can only be Wanjiku’s project and reiterated that Kenya is ready for alternative leadership.
Should he be elected, the Makueni governor said that he will focus on rebuilding Kenya’s dwindling economy and ensure that the 2010 constitution is fully implemented and adhered to.
Born on June13, 1964, in Mwanyani village in Makueni county, Professor Kibwana studied at Nduundune Primary School and later attended Machakos School between 1969-1973 for his O-levels and A levels.
He obtained a Bachelor degree in Law (Upper Second Class Honours) from the University of Nairobi in 1976 and a Masters of Law. He also went to the University of London and George Washington University. He graduated from Harvard University in June 1984.
As a civil society activist, professor Kibwana was the spokesperson of National Convention Executive Council (NCEC) from 1997 to 2002 and also served as the Associate Professor (1977-2002), Dean of the Faculty of Law, a senior lecturer and chairman of the Department of private law at the University of Nairobi.
In 2002, he was elected Member of Parliament for Makueni Constituency, and Minister of both Land and Settlements and Environment & Natural Resources. In January 2008, he was appointed Presidential Advisor for Constitutional, Parliamentary & Youth Affairs in the President Office and served until September 2012. Prof. Kibwana is currently serving his second and last term as the first Governor of Makueni County.