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Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 13:26 EATnkiru@kenyafreepress.com
Nairobi gubernatorial candidate Peter Kenneth today took to the streets of the Nairobi in a vote hunt in an attempt to outshine the perceived front runners in the race, incumbent Evans Kidero (ODM) and Jubilee’s Mike Sonko.
After turning down an appeal made on Friday by the President to step down and join the Mr Sonko and Mr Igathe team, Mr Kenneth said: “let the people decide”.
Mr Kenneth started his meet-the-people tour of Nairobi from the famous Jeevanjee Gardens, a few minutes before 11 o'clock. He was accompanied by his running mate, Dan Shikanda, a number of supporters and a well-organised security team. The communications team in a short wheelbase landrover painted in his colours of green, red and white followed his entourage with broadcasts extolling Mr Kenneth's virtues.
During today’s intensive city campaign blitz, Mr Kenneth, undertook a stall to stall walk where he invested in face-face-talks with the traders and informed them why they should vote for him as well as turning up in large numbers. “And people should turn up on the voting day and transform the city which will benefit you people”, he said
In the company of his campaign team, they were warmly received as they engaged the Moi Avenue audience in chats as they proceeded down the street.
Next to the Tom Mboya statue, Mr Kenneth addressed the crowd which had grown fairly large after being introduced by his running mate, Mr Shikanda. " I ask you all to support me so that we can have a properly functioning city," he said. He went on to say that as CEO of the city he would tackle the perennial city water and sanitation problems as well as reduce the business licence fees which are a huge burden to the business community.
Speaking yesterday at the Kenya Assemblies of God Church in Karen, Mr Kenneth stated he couldn’t let the people of the 67 wards he’d visited so far live the terrible times of a failed administration. Persistent failures not addressed by the current regime such as garbage collection, traffic congestion and health are some of the issues he will tackle and improve, should he be elected the next governor of Nairobi.
Mr Kenneth who was defeated by Mr Sonko in the Jubilee Party nominations by 135,183 against 62,504 cried foul play and chose to contest as an independent candidate.