The 67-year-old Makueni governor Kivutha Kibwana is not retiring from Kenyan politics any time soon.
Kibwana, who is serving his second term as the Makueni boss announced that he will be vying for the county’s senatorial seat in the forthcoming August 9 General Election.
The 2010 Constitution stipulates that governors will serve for a period of five years with an option of seeking re-election once and the politician is serving his final term.
Taking to social media, the human rights activist said that he is a tried and tested leader and was best suited and ready to represent Makueni county residents in the Upper House.
His announcement, however, was met with resistance from members of the public who felt that even though the lawyer had been lauded for delivering while serving as the governor, it was time for him to retire from politics and leave the young people to serve.
Musombe Bosco said: “Even if we love you, it’s time you leave space for us young people. Otherwise, Kenya will stagnate. It would have been even better if you groomed your son for that seat.”
Steve said: “You’ll make a very perfect vice-chancellor in one of our prestigious universities, retire from active politics Prof.”
Shadrack Matata said: “A good dancer knows when to leave the stage. Prof why can’t you leave power in a more reasonable way now that you’re up there?”
Pat Mutinda said: “This is to tell you all these leaders are always self-centred. Greediness. Thats why I love dogs.”
Musyoki Tom said: “It’s at this point that I realise you’re bound for the worst humiliation. Retire in peace, your grandchildren need you more than us.”
Mc Kenito said: “What’s wrong with these second term governors. Can’t they retire and leave others to lead? The same thing with my governor Martin Wambora, give others a chance.”
Kibwana will be vying for the seat on his Muungano Party which is part of the larger Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance that backs Raila Odinga’s presidency.
Other second term governors that are seeking to be elected include Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago who is seeking the county’s senatorial seat on the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket.
On the other hand, Busia governor Sospeter Ojaamong has declared interest in contesting for the Teso South parliamentary seat.
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