Kivutha Kibwana, the former governor of Makueni, has declared his retirement from elected politics.
Prof. Kibwana, who served as Member of Parliament for Makueni Constituency from 2000 to 2007 and Governor from 2017 to 2022, thanked the Makueni people for the opportunity to serve them.
“Today I announced that I have resigned from elected politics after serving the people of Makueni Constituency (2002-2007) and Makueni County (2013-2022), as well as 30 years of other public service,” the former governor wrote on social media on Saturday.
“God bless my former pupils, coworkers, and those I helped.”
After serving two terms as governor of Makueni County, Kibwana ran unsuccessfully for the Senate seat in the August General Election, losing to Dan Maanzo.
Maanzo, a prominent critic of Prof. Kibwana, was championed by former senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr, who was then elected governor.
Kibwana graduated from the University of Nairobi with a bachelor’s degree in law and two master’s degrees in law from the University of London and Harvard University.
In 1988, he received his doctorate from George Washington University.
Prior to becoming Makueni MP in 2002, the lawyer worked as the spokesperson for the National Convention Executive Council (NCEC) from 1997 to 2002.
Between 1977 and 2002, he was also an Associate Professor at the University of Nairobi, Dean of the Faculty of Law, senior lecturer, and Chairman of the Department of Private Law.
Kibwana served as MP and Minister of Land and Settlements, as well as Environment and Natural Resources.
He was appointed by the late President Mwai Kibaki as Advisor for Constitutional, Parliamentary, and Youth Affairs in the President’s Office in January 2008, a position he held until September 2012.
Kibwana initially expressed interest in the presidential election in August, but later withdrew his candidacy in favor of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Kibwana defected to President Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza camp two weeks after the elections in which Mr Odinga was defeated by William Ruto.