The governor through a statement on his social media on June 26, stated that he had decided to run following numerous calls to put his hat in the race.
“I have listened to the voice of Wanjiku asking me to run for the presidency in the coming election. I am available, ready, and willing to be Wanjiku’s President. Will go all the way to the Ballot Box with Wanjiku in 2022.
He stated that his vying will be geared towards ensuring devolution works for all communities.
Kivutha now joins a number of governors who’ve expressed their interest in the presidential seat including Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, and Wycliffe Oparanyah (Kakamega).
He will face off against Deputy President William Ruto who has made intentions about the presidency clear.
During a 2019 interview, the governor was cagey about the prospects of running for the presidency noting that there was still much to be done in the country’s leadership system before he stood an actual shot at the top seat.
“In many parts of the country that I have gone to, people asked me to vie for presidency in 2022. I cannot take these genuine calls for granted, but in the past, many progressive individuals who hastily stepped into the presidential ring failed to capture Kenyans’ imaginations,” Kivutha stated.
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