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Jimmy Kibaki elects farming after leaving active politics

Thursday, May 16th, 2024 04:30 | By
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Jimmy Kibaki. PHOTO/Internet

Jimmy Kibaki, the son of independent Kenya’s third President, the late late Mwai Kibaki, yesterday announced his retirement from active politics to concentrate on family business.

Jimmy revealed that he now wants to  devote  much of his time managing his  businesses.

In a statement to newsrooms, Jimmy  also said that he had stepped down as The New Democrats (TND) deputy party leader.

“Over the past 33 years, I have been intimately involved in various political initiatives in this country, including the formation and management of various political parties. In 1991, several like-minded people came together to form the Democratic Party of Kenya. Together, we built this organization into a respected political party which performed admirably in the 1992 and 1997 general elections. Subsequently, I was involved in the National Rainbow Alliance, which went on to capture political power in the 2002 general election. I have also been involved in the creation and management of the Party of National Unity,” he said.

Jimmy said it is now time for him  to devote all his  time to urgent family and business matters that requires his  full attention.

“Consequently, and after a lot of thought, consideration, and soul-searching, it is incumbent upon me to tender my immediate resignation as the TND Deputy Party Leader. This is not an easy decision, but I feel it is one I must make.

I would like to wish the TND Family all the very best in the future, and wish them every success as they continue to build the party.”

Before elections, Jimmy was announced as The New Democrats Party Deputy Party leader. In 2020, TND won the by-election in Lakeview ward in Naivasha defeating Jubilee and UDA.

After President Kibaki retired, it was expected that Jimmy would follow in his father’s footsteps and run for an elective position in Nyeri.  However, Jimmy has maintained a low profile, avoiding active politics.

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