You’re wel­come, now dis­band KNC and join JP, Ken­neth urged

Nom­i­nated MP John­son Sakaja says all peo­ple sup­port­ing Pres­i­dent Uhuru’s re­elec­tion have joined the Ju­bilee Party. Ken­neth still un­de­cided between Nairobi and Mu­rang’a

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nairobi - JULIUS OTIENO @juliu­so­tieno04

Ju­bilee hope­fuls for Nairobi gover­nor have wel­comed for­mer Gatanga MP Peter Ken­neth en­try into the race.

They, how­ever, urged the 2013 pres­i­den­tial can­di­date to fold up his Kenya Na­tional Congress party and join the Ju­bilee Party.

On Sun­day Ken­neth an­nounced he will run for Nairobi or Mu­rang’a gover­nor. He said he will sup­port Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s re­elec­tion.

“Many [peo­ple] have asked me to con­sider the two coun­ties as op­tions, but we are still con­sult­ing widely,” Ken­neth said.

Se­na­tor Mike Sonko said, “I wish to wel­come the en­try of for­mer pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Peter Ken­neth into the race for Nairobi gover­nor, a seat that has at­tracted a high num­ber of JP as­pi­rants.” Ken­neth did not say whether he will run on the KNC ticket or dis­solve it and join JP. But nom­i­nated MP John­son Sakaja said all peo­ple sup­port­ing the Pres­i­dent’s re­elec­tion have joined JP and Ken­neth should fol­low suit.

“The move is laud­able. Ken­neth must now com­mence the process of dis­solv­ing KNC,” he said. Dagoretti South MP Den­nis Waweru de­clined to com­ment on Ken­neth’s pos­si­ble en­try into the al­ready crowded race.

Wa­ter CS Eu­gene Wa­malwa, for­mer Starehe MP Mar­garet Wan­jiru and Es­ther Pas­saris were un­avail­able for com­ment. Gover­nor Evans Kidero has said on many oc­ca­sions he wel­comes as­pi­rants to run for any po­lit­i­cal seat in Nairobi pro­vided they are qual­i­fied.

“No­body should be called an out­sider. Nairobi be­longs to all of us and any Kenyan has the right to run for the seat on any party or as an in­de­pen­dent,” he said in June.

Kidero seems headed to be Cord’s sole can­di­date, as no­body has come out to chal­lenge him for the coali­tion’s ticket. The other can­di­dates, ex­cept Pas­saris, who plans to form her own party, and Mi­guna Mi­guna, who will run as an in­de­pen­dent, are scram­bling for the JP ticket.

Other hope­fuls are for­mer Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker Ken­neth Marende and for­mer Town Clerk Philip Kisia.

/COLLINS KWEYU

For­mer Gatanga MP Peter Ken­neth, Ngara MCA Mwaura Chege and Nairobi assem­bly deputy mi­nor­ity leader Hashim Ka­mau at St Theresa Sec­ondary School, Eastleigh, on Sun­day

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