November 23rd 2017

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Losing patience in Jubilee, Sonko to protest Uhuru's endorsement of Peter Kenneth

A close ally of the Nairobi senator told this website that "Mr Sonko's patience was running out at the manner of games Jubilee Party leaders are playing over the nomination," adding, "Jubilee should decide whether it is a national or tribal party."

By Liza Makenalmakena@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 17 Apr 2017 17:32 EAT

President Uhuru Kenyatta lays a wreath at the late William Gatuhi Murathe grave site, Gatanga, Murang'a County. (Poto: PSCU)

A video in which President Uhuru Kenyatta, speaking at the burial of former Gatanga MP David Murathe's father in Muranga, tactically endorsed the candidature of Peter Kenneth for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat has caused shockwaves in the Jubilee Party with Nairobi senator Mike Sonko said to be planning to protest to the party's secretariat.

A close ally of the Nairobi senator told this website that "Mr Sonko's patience was running out at the manner of games Jubilee Party leaders are playing over the nomination," adding, "Jubilee should decide whether it is a national or tribal party." 

The senator had known all along that the president supported, but he has been playing the game to see how the party mandarins would force him out of the primaries, the source said. This website was also informed that Mr Sonko was planning to play "a significant role" in the opposition NASA's presidential campaign should he edged out of the Jubilee primaries.

Speaking in Murang'a, the president urged residents to pray for Peter Kenneth to ensure he wins the Jubilee Party nominations slated for Friday. "I am calling on you Kirwara residents to pray for your son so that he can win the Jubilee ticket in Nairobi," he said, and subsequently gave a chance for Mr Kenneth to address the mourners.

On his part, Mr Kenneth also urged the residents to vote for the president. "I will fight to get the ticket and seat in Nairobi so that when I come to visit you I will be Nairobi governor, but I urge you all to vote for the President in the general elections to prove your love for your President," he said.

The Sonko ally who spoke to this website indicated to us that the senator, who didn't attend the Murang'a funeral, heard about what the president and personally called for the video which he finally obtained from a non-media source after journalists who covered the event refused to give it to him.

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