Dr. Kituyi largely ignored the video, noting that he is a man of personal integrity and should be judged based on his track record and plan for Kenya.
2022 presidential aspirant Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi will not issue an official statement regarding the explicit video he was featured in that went viral on social media on Thursday, June 17.
Responding to questions regarding it during an interview with Citizen TV on Tuesday, August 17, Dr. Kituyi largely ignored the video, noting that he is a man of personal integrity and should be judged based on his track record and plan for Kenya.
He explained the reason for his decision not to address the video in a statement, noting that doing so would lower his standards as well as the value of the debate given his ambitions to take the reins at State House in 2022.
Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi’s statement on the explicit video he was featured in that went viral on June 17, 2021. /FILE
On reports that he had previously blamed his political opponents for the video, Dr. Kituyi noted that he has never issued a statement or addressed the alleged video with any individual.
“I don’t want to go to lower the debate of my candidature below my neck. The assets I want to bring to this are who is Kituyi? What does he stand for in this country? I will sustain a campaign nationally throughout of dignity and respect even for my opponents.
“I have not given any such statement to any media outlet or any individual whatsoever,” he said.
Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi responds to leaked viral video allegedly of him in a compromising situation… pic.twitter.com/xKWed76Wg3
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) August 17, 2021
Kituyi was initially thought to have finally spoken on the video. He took to his official Facebook account on Saturday, June 19 to dismiss it as mere photoshop, edited by people who wanted to damage his chances of taking over from President Uhuru Kenyatta as the fifth Head of State come 2022.
He added that he had a big heart for all and declared that nothing would stop him from running for the highest seat in the country.
“I, therefore, dismiss the photoshopped edited video doing rounds on social media purporting to expose my private parts. It doesn’t in any way whatsoever depict the true representation of my private organs. I want to distance myself from such false and untrue malicious stories destined at killing my political career,” part of his statement read.
Kituyi had also deactivated his Twitter account @DrMukhisaKituyi before he revived it.
On Thursday, June 17, Kenya Film and Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua fired a warning to those responsible for the making and release of explicit videos online.
“Making videos of others while naked, with or without their approval, is a breach of the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222. No film or class of film for public exhibition shall be made without a filming license from the Board,” read his tweet.
Dr. Kituyi’s leaked video showed a lady recording the former United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) secretary-general who had fallen asleep during their night together.
The woman behind the trending video was identified as Diana Opemi Lutta who had claimed that Dr. Kituyi was her boyfriend and that he had threatened her after she turned down his advances.
On Tuesday, June 15, police launched a manhunt against Dr. Kituyi after he was accused of assaulting Lutta at a luxury hotel in Mombasa.
Coast Region Police Commander Paul Ndambuki, on Monday, June 14, stated that detectives were tracing Kituyi’s whereabouts after he missed out on recording a statement with the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI).
Subsequently, Inspector-General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai, had ordered the Coast police boss to launch a formal inquiry into the allegations tabled against Dr. Kituyi.
Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai. /FILE