Jimmy Kibaki, eldest son to former President Mwai Kibaki and who is the deputy party leader of the New Democrats is expected to vie for the presidency incomes 2022 general election.
Billionaire Thuo Mathenge who is the national chairman recently told the media that the consultative meeting for Jimmy to vie 2022 is on an advanced stage.
He said that the TND party has received the blessings of former President Mwai Kibaki through his son Jimmy.
“I would like to state that, TND is on the advanced stage of having Jimmy Kibaki as our presidential candidate 2022, being our deputy party leader is equal to tasks ahead of delivering the Country from hard leadership and end corruption,” Thuo Mathenge said.
He said that the leader leadership is ready to form the next government.
“The New Democrats Party, TND, is a Kenyan political party founded to give Kenya a new, alternative and people-centred leadership that ensures positive governance in the spirit of the new constitutional dispensation,” Thuo said.
He also revealed the list of party officials. The party had not publicly announced them.
TND Party leader is David Sudi and deputized by Jimmy Kibaki, the secretary-general is Fredrick Muthangya while the vice-chair is Vicky Onderi.
Benjamin Gakuru is the national organizing secretary, Paul Malinda is deputy party leader among others.
In 2017, the TND party scooped 11 ward seats and one position for parliament. In 2020, the party candidate won Lakeview ward in Naivasha defeating Jubilee and UDA.
Jimmy Kibaki, the businessman, campaigned for his father before the chaotic 2007 poll but has otherwise kept a low profile until last month when he was appointed as deputy party leader.
During Kibaki’s final days in office, it was rumoured that his firstborn son, Jimmy Kibaki, would be gunning for the Othaya parliamentary seat, which had been under his watch for 39 years.
The speculation, however, died in the lead up to the 2013 elections, when it became apparent that Jimmy was not interested in active politics.
Jimmy was initially active on the ground attending social functions and playing a prominent role in the affairs of the constituency, which was interpreted to mean he was interested in succeeding his father.
Political analysts have said that it is wise for Kibaki to groom his son to enter into active politics.
The sons of Kenya’s first two leaders, Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Arap Moi entered parliament in occupying their fathers’ old constituency seats.
Having Jimmy inactive will now have sons of former presidents in government. The son of Oginga Odinga, Raila Odinga is vying for presidency in 2022.