The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi has officially declared that he will vie for the vie for the country’s top seat  in the upcoming 2022 General elections.

He made the announcement on Saturday, January 2 while addressing the press in Bungoma town.

Kituyi noted that he can contest against the top political class in the country. 

“I am ready to serve the country owing to my international experience.

“It is no longer a secret. I will be going for the presidency in 2022. Nobody should tell us who to support. We need a President who will save this country and Kenyans from a bad economy,” Kituyi stated.

He added that his main agenda would be implementing policies  to improve the country’s economy.

The UNCTAD boss now joins the likes of Deputy President Ruto and Amani National Congress (ANC) Party leader Musalia Mudavadi who have also expressed interest in the top seat. 

In the past, media reports had alleged that the 65-year-old might be making a stab at the 2022 Presidential race.

Speculation was rife that he would be the ideal candidate  if he was endorsed by President Uhuru and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga. 

Kituyi, who previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Institute of Governance and Minister for Trade under former President Mwai Kibaki’s regime, is considered a talented technocrat.

He was appointed as the seventh UNCTAD boss on September 1, 2013 and later reappointed for another four-year term in July 2017.

His term comes to an end in mid 2021.