Kenya: Mukhisa Kituyi, former UNCTAD boss, eyes the presidency

By Victor Abuso
Posted on Tuesday, 2 March 2021 16:32

Mukhisa Kituyi
Mukhisa Kituyi of Kenya speaks during a press conference on the publication of the Trade and Development Report 2015 at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

After nearly eight years as secretary general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Mukhisa Kityui returned home to Kenya to enter what is likely to be a bruising 2022 presidential race.

Kituyi wants to be Kenya’s next president. The 65 year-old resigned from his prestigious top post in Geneva in February and returned home to Kenya to begin the tough political journey to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is set to leave power next year.

Kituyi’s entry into politics has elicited mixed reactions from both political observers and the average Kenyan. The question is not so much if he is qualified, but how will he make it to the top seat, in a country where politics is strongly grounded in ethnic and regional concerns.

Experience has shown that intellectuals like Kituyi – no matter how qualified they may be – rarely succeed: