Kivutha Kibwana: Self-made or self-invented politician?

Written By: Prudence Wanza
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Governor Kivutha Kibwana at his office during an exclusive interview with KBC.

Described by his close associates as gracious and firm, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana has received accolades from Kenyans for being a reformist and industrial driven with his administration credited with implementing several projects in the semi-arid county.

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And with the Governor set to leave office in 2022 at the end of his 10 year-tenure in line with the constitution that restricts governors from seeking a consecutive third term, his eyes appear set on a higher price, that of becoming the country’s fifth President.

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And as he finalizes on his political plan, Kivutha says former President Mwai Kibaki will greatly influence his blueprint describing the man he served as a Cabinet Minister, Assistant Minister and political advisor as a mentor and role model.

In an exclusive interview with KBC Digital, Kibwana described Kibaki as alert, decisive and exceptionally bright, attributes he claims to possess.

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“Kibaki was very thorough…you had to do your work or you are in trouble”, Kibwana says.

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He was a political adviser to the former President between 2007 and 2013, a period he says provided invaluable leadership and political lessons.

“I wouldn’t say it was a challenge (being advisor) because I was kind of invisible and simply a background person for the president,” Kivutha says.

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Kivutha, a consummate constitutional law expert and a politician says Kibaki abhorred pettiness, small talk and cheap politics.

“Kibaki was very alert. But you only realized this when presenting reports to him”, Kivutha observes.

Attributes that he says mirrors his character and which he says will help propel him to the highest office on the land when President Uhuru Kenyatta retires as they resonate with the common man.

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