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Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 17:18 EATgitahireuben@gmail.com
Nairobi senator Mike Sonko has persuaded his colleagues Margret Wanjiru, Dennis Waweru and Johnstone Sakaja (Team Nairobi) to rally behind his governorship bid as part of a broad alliance in which all the three aspirants have secured important positions.
In his preferred line up, according to our source, Mr Sonko will be the sole candidate from the alliance to face former presidential candidate Peter Kenneth in the Jubilee primaries. Mr Waweru, the Dagoretti South MP, will be Sonko's running mate, Bishop Wanjiru as the women representative while Mr Sakaja will go for the Nairobi senate seat. Our source said all the three positions have been settled, with only Mr Sakaja's open to negotiation.
Our source said Mr Sakaja has indicated his readiness to accept a second nomination to Parliament representing the youth, provided that his name is placed high in the party list as the sole nominee from Nairobi. The deal is part of Mr Sonko's effort to counteract an aggressive campaign by Jubilee top leaders to sideline him in Nairobi politics in favour of Mr Kenneth.
At one time, Jubilee honchos relied immensely on the popularity of Mr Sonko to clinch the 2013 general election, but he fell out with the power-brokers as soon as he spelt out his governorship ambitions. For several years after the election, the Jubilee power-brokers relied on Mr Waweru as their preferred candidate to beat incumbent Evans Kidero, but the Dagoretti South MP's campaign has stumbled, unable to pick momentum in the face of Sonko's robust on-the-ground machinery.
In the good days, Mr Waweru was given the blessings from the Gikuyu council of Elders at Kasarani and Sonko’s goose seemed to have been cooked with frustration seeming to reign in the Jubilee camp of the senator's alleged inappropriate mannerisms. According to many, Mr Waweru lacks charisma and is deemed as too technocratic having worked as an accountant.
Then came Eugene Wamalwa the water cabinet secretary who wanted to capitalize on the populous Luhya vote in the county but developed cold feet since the political dynamics in the capital were fluid and kept on changing minute by minute.
It is Mr Kenneth's entry into the race that brought Sonko and Waweru together, following the adage that a friend of your enemy is your enemy and an enemy of your enemy is your friend. Mr Kenneth seems to have been caught between a rock and a hard place. Deputy President William Ruto's were up in arms, seeing his entry as a ploy by the powerful Kikuyu “Bilderberg group” to position the former Gatanga MP as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s successor.
The Bilderberg group is a group of business, military, media and business technocrats in the United states who call the shots on the presidency in the United States of America.
The writer is an experienced journalist, lecturer and researcher based in Nairobi