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Kibwana says no to presidency, but Twitter will hear none of it

Kenyans on Twitter are using #ApendeAsipendeMovement to advance a 2022 Kivutha Kibwana presidency despite his lack of appetite for the top job.

Users are tweeting how they will volunteer to campaign for the governor even as he hinted at retirement from politics come 2022.

In a post online, the governor wrote on Sunday that he will miss serving people when he retires, a statement that many rejected and urged him instead to contest for the presidency.

The governor said he is focusing on serving Makueni residents to the last day and is not interested in the 2022 succession politics.

Currently on his second term, Governor Kibwana has caught the attention of Kenyans online with his county’s development agenda that saw the rolling out of the first universal health care program.

Photos of him kneeling down while talking to pupils and sitting on the ground with elderly women have warmed hearts online, further fuelling the #ApendeAsipendeMovement.

Economists David Ndii and Wehliye Mohammed, among the people proposed to work in President Kibwana’s cabinet, have since recused themselves.