Thrilling experience of Uhuru’s rumoured successor

Mukhisa is the current secretary-general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD

– He holds a Master of philosophy in development studies and a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Bergen in Norway

– He was elected to Parliament as the MP for Kimilili constituency in 1992 and was twice re-elected in 1997 and in 2002

– Mukhisa chaired the Council of Ministers of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the African Trade Ministers’ Council for two years

– He is credited as the convenor of the agriculture negotiations carried out at the World Trade Organisation’s sixth ministerial conference held in Hong Kong, China in 2005

– The technocrat was a member of a team of experts selected to advise presidents of the nations of the East African Community on how to establish more effective regional economic links

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The 2022 presidential race has attracted a lot of interests from the country’s top political leaders and technocrats who have readily declared their plans and aspirations to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The recent political and economic technocrat to join the race is former Kimilili MP Mukhisa Kituyi who is the current secretary-general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD.

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Mukhisa Kituyi: Thrilling work experience of ex-minister rumoured to be Uhuru's preferred successor

UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi. Photo: Mukhsa Kituyi.
Source: UGC

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Kituyi made his intentions to succeed Uhuru clear about a week ago and a section of Kenyans has exuded confidence in his ability to steer the country forward in terms of economic recovery and growth considering his vast experience and knowledge in that field.

TUKO.co.ke took the initiative to look at Mukhisa’s academic qualifications and thrilling work experience for the last 30 years he has been actively involved in the country’s leadership at different levels.

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Mukhisa Kituyi: Thrilling work experience of ex-minister rumoured to be Uhuru's preferred successor

President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) with Mukhisa Kituyi at State House. Photo: PSCU.
Source: UGC

Joined the University of Nairobi in 1977

Mukhisa Kituyi was born in 1956 in Kimilili constituency, Bungoma county.

He attended Mbakalo Primary School from 1964 to 1970 and later joined St Mary’s Yala for the Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education which he completed in 1976.

Mukhisa then proceeded to Bokoli Secondary School where he sat for his final national exams.

He joined the University of Nairobi in 1977 for his undergraduate studies and later went to Makerere University of Uganda where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1982.

Elected MP for Kimilili in 1992

Between 1983 and 1984, the politician attained a diploma in science, comparative production Systems from the University of Bergen, Norway.

He later graduated with a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the same institution.

Mukhisa was among the firebrand and vibrant youthful politicians popularly who were referred to as the Young Turks who fought for multiparty democracy in early 1990s.

He was elected to Parliament as the MP for Kimilili constituency in 1992 and was twice re-elected in 1997 and in 2002.

He served as Kenya’s minister for Trade and Industry from 2002 to 2007.

During this period, Mukhisa chaired the Council of Ministers of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the African Trade Ministers’ Council for two years.

Was director at African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)

He lost his parliamentary seat to Eseli Simiyu in 2007 and went into political oblivion until 2013 when he resurfaced to contest for the Bungoma senatorial seat but was floored by Moses Wetang’ula.

Immediately after losing his bid to become the first senator of Bungoma county under the 2010 Constitution, Mukhisa was appointed to a more plum and powerful position of the secretary-general of UNCTAD in May 2013.

He was reappointed in 2017 and his final term will be coming to an end in 2022.

Prior to joining Parliament, Kituyi worked as a director at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) based in Nairobi.

He was also the programme officer at the Norwegian Agency for International Development (NORAD), also in Nairobi.

Credited as convenor of agriculture negotiations

As Kenya’s minister for Trade, Mukhisa chaired the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, and was the lead negotiator for eastern and southern African ministers during the European Union-ACP Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations.

The veteran politician is also credited as the convenor of the agriculture negotiations carried out at the World Trade Organisation’s sixth ministerial conference held in Hong Kong, China in 2005.

Mukhisa Kituyi: Thrilling work experience of ex-minister rumoured to be Uhuru's preferred successor

Former Kimilili MP Mukhisa Kituyi. Photo: Mukhisa Kituyi.
Source: UGC

Upon losing his parliamentary seat in 2007, Mukhisa was nominated as a member of a team of experts advising the presidents of the nations of the East African Community on how to establish more effective regional economic links. He served in that capacity up to 2013.

The economist also served as a consultant for the African Union Commission, where he helped to develop the structure for a pan-African free trade area 2011-2012).

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