Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has again announced he will contest for the presidency in 2022.
The Maendeleo Chap Chap leader, who is currently in court after his re-election win for Machakos governor was challenged by opponent Wiper candidate Wavinya Ndeti, said he would be the best man for the job.
He cited his track record which according to him, makes his win in the next general election “inevitable”.
Speaking on Wednesday during the 13th annual primary school heads meet in Mombasa, Mutua said: “I’m planning to shock Kenya in the next few years. I will show you what I’m capable of doing.”
The former government spokesperson also talked about his relative younger age to most Kenyan leaders.
He said aged leaders should leave the political stage, a supposed jab at Opposition leader Raila Odinga who has dominated the political scene for more than five decades.
Governor Alfred Mutua has in the past aligned himself with the ruling party who according to wide speculations, have picked Deputy President William Ruto to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.
His recent declaration will surely spark trouble between the two leaders who will be targeting the vote-rich Eastern region in order to win the seats.
Mr. Ruto has already activated his networks within and outside Parliament.
In the August House, he strategically secured two key slots in the National Assembly and the Senate through his close allies Mr. Aden Duale and Mr. Kipchumba Murkomen.
This move placed in a very strategic position to capitalize in 2022 when his boss steps down.
Mutua, on the other hand, has enjoyed a steady rise, especially after the formation of the Maendeleo Chap Chap party.
His rise threatened Kalonzo Musyoka’s grip in Ukambani region. This was seen through the fact that Wiper, Kalonzo’s party, performed dismally in 2017 polls.
Others possible 2022 presidency contenders are ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi and former Meru Governor Peter Munya.