Former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson once said that a week in politics is a long time. Basing on Wilson’s school of thought, then four months in politics is a decade.
When former UNCTAD Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyi resigned from his prestigious post in Geneva in February 2021, he intended to come to Kenya and launch his bid to be Kenya’s fifth president in 2022.
His grand return to Kenya in mid February painted a picture of a man who has seen it all at international level, and had the right jab for transforming Kenya to its full potential.
A couple of meetings with Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana and ODM leader Raila Odinga, coupled with high profile media interviews thereafter indicated it was all systems go for the 65-year-old.
Presidential hopes now flaccid?
Just when he was solidifying his grip on the Kenyan intellectual class – whom, he says, can see through the figleaf of petty politics of deceit- allegations relating to nudum corpus started cropping up.
Just last week, Kituyi responded to claims that he had physically assaulted a woman at a Mombasa hotel after she allegedly rebuffed his sexual advances. Diana Opemi Lutta reported the alleged assault at Nyali Police Station under OB Number 10/22/05/2021. She claimed to be Kituyi’s lover.
“I’ve never beaten any woman in my life nor do I intend to ever do it at any given time. We sorted out the case and it was withdrawn,” thundered Kituyi in response.
But as it transpired just a few days later, courtesy of a five-second video that went viral, it was something else – and not the case- that had been ‘withdrawn.’
‘Moral Cop’, Khalwale, rise to defense
So gross is the leaked video that it has caught the attention of self-proclaimed moral cop, Kenya Film Classification Board CEO Dr Ezekiel Mutua. Mutua has come to Kituyi’s defense.
Mutua started by asking his followers to always ask themselves three questions before saying something: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?
He went ahead and mentioned the illegality of the whole sex tape saga, quoting the Films and Stage Plays Act which states that “No film or class of film for public exhibition shall be made without a filming license from the Board.”
“Making videos of others while naked, with or without their approval, is a breach of the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222,” he quipped. Mutua’s assertions was not received well by Kenyans on Twitter who found them despicable.
This did not stop the KFCB boss. Fourteen hours later he tweeted, “Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi is a globally respected intellectual powerhouse and one of Kenya’s best leadership brands. He’s an elder, a husband and a father. To drag his private moments – real or perceived, into the public is evidence of how low we have sank as society. SAD!”
To ex-Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale aka ‘the bullfighter’, the whole thing is a set-up. He writes on Twitter: