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Kibwana dismisses claims of joining 2022 Ruto camp

Makueni governor Prof. Kivutha Kibwana during the Voice achievers Award event in Nairobi on Saturday.


Makueni governor Prof. Kivutha Kibwana has dismissed media reports published on Sunday by a local daily claiming that he had joined Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 camp.

The story published by the Sunday Nation yesterday (August 18, 2019) claimed the second term governor had held talks with the political allies of Dr .Ruto over a possible political alliance and endorsement of the Jubilee party deputy leader in Ukambani region.  

But through a press statement issued by his Director of Press Edward Mwendwa, Prof Kibwana terms the article published as a scandalous piece of fiction.

“It is sad that a reputable newspaper such The Nation could allow itself to be (mis)used to peddle lies, sleaze and fiction in the name of political writing which is bereft of facts or sense,” the statement read in part.

Prof. Kibwana denied neither endorsing the DP nor holding closed-door meetings with his Kitui and Machakos colleague governors Charity Ngilu and Dr. Alfred Mutua to discuss politics.

“Neither has governor Kibwana endorsed William Ruto’s candidature. If anything, he (Prof. Kibwana) has publicly announced his own bid and will offer himself for presidential elections in 2022. This is doing on his own volition,” Mr Mwendwa said.

While warning the public that the report was “a total crass”, Mr Mwendwa demanded for Nation to apologize to the governor and pull down the online version of the story.

This comes days after Prof. Kibwana and Dr. Ruto on Thursday last week attended a cultural festival event at Turkana where the former warned that the latter’s presidential ambitions should not be taken for granted.

“Any Kenyan or a leader who thinks you can be taken for a granted; who thinks that you don’t matter – I think they are wrong. And I am saying this boldly because I am a constitutional lawyer, political analyst and politician,” said Prof. Kibwana.    

Prof. Kibwana who has won the hearts of Kenyans for his development track record in his county also announced that he would be in the race for State House in 2022.
A press statement by Governor Kibwana's director of Press Edward Mwendwa.  




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