After been the secretary general of the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) since 1994, Rev. Mutava Musyimi has opted to retire early from the once fiery religious lobby group. He has however kept mum of his next move until his successor is selected and installed in office in July this year.

It is an open secret that he is geared to face it out with ODM presidential aspirant Joseph Nyagah for the Gachoka parliamentary seat in Embu. Unsympathetic to the course of ODM, it is highly likely he will run on a government friendly ticket.

Musyimi the current chairman of the Kibaki select National Anti-Corruption Steering Committee was once touted in 2002 as an opposition compromise candidate to face it out with Moi. He was the chairman of the Ufungamano initiative on constitutional reforms before it merged with the KANU/NDP government led Prof Yash Pal Ghai commission which later culminated to the Bomas process. He scores highly on integrity, sober judgment, leadership skills in comparison to the current hoodlum of incumbent and wannabe presidents.

Unfortunately, just like another ideal presidential material, Nobel Laureate Prof. Wangari Maathai, he comes from the wrong place at this point of Kenya politics. He is also a novice in hard politics, his religious inclinations though tolerant and accommodative may also cause riots at some quarters. His close association with the powers that be since 2002 may not endear him well in some regions. Once he announces his candidature, he is the man that Kenya needs at this point in time.


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