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Monday, 24 Jul 2017 14:21 EATnkiru@kenyafreepress.com
Nairobi gubernatorial candidate Peter Kenneth has today turned down a request by President Uhuru Kenyatta that he step down and support Jubilee Party’s Mike Mbuvi Sonko. Mr Kenneth, who is running on an independent ticket, has declared that he will be on the ballot box and stated that it’s the voters who will decide who is going to be the next city governor.
He spoke while addressing residents of Karen at the Kenya Assemblies of God church in a bid to cover the remaining wards before the August 8 polls. Terming it as a humble request to the president he said “Let the residents of Nairobi decide whom they want”, adding that voters were no longer into the six-piece voting mechanism being propagated by some presidential candidates.
During campaigns in Nairobi last week, President Kenyatta asked Kenneth to abandon his bid and join hands with Jubilee's candidate Sonko. "It is time to abandon your bid and support the winning team of Sonko-Igathe," the President said during a rally in Nairobi on Friday.
Mr Kenneth instead accused some of his opponents of being popularized by their bosses through endorsements since they don’t have a direct connection with the people they seek to serve. “I respect the presidency and the holder of that office, but we also know it’s his role as a party leader to campaign for his members.”
Mr Kenneth is seen as the bridge that could be preventing Jubilee’s candidate from defeating NASA’s Evans Kidero since he is expected to command a big number of voters from Mt. Kenya who could have voted for Sonko. That backs the plea by President Kenyatta to him to step down and support Sonko.
But he has stood his ground and rejected Uhuru’s calls has stated that there is need to have Dr Kidero voted out. He agreed with the President that Dr Kidero was a failure to Nairobi residents’ grievances terming it “consistent failure”. He also accused Sonko of failing to take his oversight role as Senator to correct the mistakes Dr Kidero was making.
Mr Kenneth outlined his policies as contained in the manifesto and called upon the residents to vote for him with his deputy Dan Shikanda. He promised goodies such as proper garbage collection, better equipped firefighting services and revenue collection which will be shared at the ward level.