Dr Mukhisya Kituyi is one of the politicians who have declared their candidature on 2022 Presidency. Although his popularity is lower compared to most of his competitors, his potential should not be undermined. As they say, politics is a game of numbers and can change overnight.
Prior to announcing his political ambitions, Kituyi was serving as the Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) from 2013 until February 2021. He has also served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Institute of Governance (KIG) and both as a member of Parliament and Minister of Trade and Industry from 2002 to 2007. This means he is not new in politics and governance, giving him an upper hand on his aspirations.
He however needs to strategize on how he can floor his competitors, especially ODM Party leader Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto who are with no doubt the most popular in the race. It has been argued that the Presidency will soon narrow down to a Raila-Ruto two horse race and therefore other aspirants need to act swiftly.
Kituyi has an option of silencing the two through his choice of running mate. He needs to aim on dividing votes from the two leaders' strong holds to ensure they don't get full support from those regions. This is the same strategy Raila Odinga is using to sabotage Ruto's support Mt Kenya region while Ruto is using the same strategy to penetrate through the Lake Region.
Kituyi therefore needs to penetrate to their 'bedrooms' and split their votes. He can achieve this by chosing a running mate from either Rift Valley, Luo Nyanza, or Mt Kenya region. He can further seek to form alliances with leaders from those regions and will most likely silence the two dominant figures in the race and clinch to Presidency in 2022.
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