Mukhisa Kituyi banks on experience to steer country
Former United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) secretary general Mukhisa Kituyi will be banking on international experience to seek support for the presidency.
Kituyi, who served as a Trade minister in retired President Mwai Kibaki’s administration, believes his skills at the UN agency, where he advised governments on how to address development challenges by turning around their economies will come in handy if Kenyans entrust him with the big job.
Speaking by way of video clips, Kituyi, who is a veteran of the Second Liberation, says he understands the challenges facing Kenya having grown up in poverty.
“I was born poor. From early life, I experienced hunger and scarcity. I know what you are going through,” he says acknowledging a miraculous opportunity that earned him a world class education that in the process opened his doors to participate in global development.
“By the Grace of God, I managed to get a world class education. I had the privilege to serve at high level of a senior minister, and the privilege to serve as the first Kenyan head of a UN organisation,” Kituyi who ended his stay at the agenc, in February.
Between 2008 and September 2013 when he was elected to the UNCTAD top position, Kituyi worked in several multinational bodies. He also worked as a consultant for the African Union Commission (AUC), where he helped to develop the structure for a pan-African free trade area.
“In these years of experience, I have dealt with challenges of development and those of fighting poverty. I have had governments fashion solutions to development problems.
I have advised presidents and cabinets on how to turn their countries around,” he says.
“I am painfully aware of how frustrated the Kenyan youth are. As your president I will give priority to unlocking the potential of our youth,” the former three-time MP for Kimilili constituency in Bungoma county says.