Monday, 17 June 2013
SHOCK: Dr Mukhisa Kituyi Reveals How Mt Kenya Mafia Blocked His Initial Nomination To UN Job!
“…..We have never done well on this frontier. We tend to give undue emphasis to tribal and other parochial considerations. ” Dr Kituyi noted.
The Standard captured the raw move by extreme tribal elements close to President Kibaki who tried to turn down the then Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula’s proposition that he (Kibaki) should lobby for Kenya’s finest to get the top job
The Standard details revelations by a senior government official present at the time; “The chilly morning of January 29, 2012 found former President Kibaki in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, locked in intense consultation with his Cabinet ministers Moses Wetangula (Foreign Affairs) and Dalmas Otieno (Public Service).
The President, attending the African Union (AU) Heads of States’ Summit, had just secured an appointment with United Nations’ Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.
He had summoned top Government officials in his entourage to brainstorm over the agenda for the bilateral talks with the UN boss.
Among other key issues, Wetangula suggested that Kibaki lobbies the candidature of Mukhisa Kituyi for the position of Head of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)– to Ban Ki Moon. At this point, one of the President’s top aides restlessly tried to whisper something to him. Typically, Kibaki parried him away, prompting the aide to scribble something on paper and slip it to him.
Upon reading it, the President took deep breath and turned wild with rage. He banged the table and confronted his officer. Kibaki even placed the “secret message” on the table for all to see. It stated, “We already have our own candidate for the position”.
“What do you mean by, ‘our own’? You mean your tribesman or village mate? Isn’t daktari (Dr Kituyi) our own? Has he not stood steadily with my Government since 2002 and is he not competent enough?” a senior Government official, who was present, recalls Kibaki protesting.
Despite the President’s reprimand, the anti-Kituyi schemers did not relent. They quietly pushed the candidature of an envoy based at a top strategic capital in the West, who missed out altogether. The connivance was a blessing in disguise for Dr Kituyi. Dual candidature may have failed, but exposure of his capacity to the top leadership in the UN was a gain for the future.”