Ken­neth’s prob­a­ble bid in city makes hope­fuls shake in boots

Nom­i­nated MP John­son Sakaja, Sen­a­tor Mike Sonko, MP Den­nis Waweru and for­mer Starehe leg­is­la­tor Mar­garet Wan­jiru call them­selves the real Nairo­bians

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For­mer Gatanga MP Peter Ken­neth’s prob­a­ble bid for Nairobi gov­er­nor has rat­tled four Ju­bilee hope­fuls.

Sen­a­tor Mike Sonko, MPs Den­nis Waweru (Dagoretti South), John­son Sakaja (nom­i­nated) and for­mer Starehe MP Mar­garet Wan­jiru are said to be plot­ting to block him from join­ing the party.

The four, who call them­selves ‘the real Nairo­bians’, are said to be un­easy, terming Ken­neth an out­sider in city pol­i­tics. A source said they have met four times in three weeks to dis­cuss how to block Ken­neth from par­tic­i­pat­ing in the party pri­maries.

The as­pi­rants de­manded Ken­neth first fold his Kenya Na­tional Congress party when he an­nounced he will sup­port Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s re­elec­tion. Ken­neth has said he will re­sign from KNC. He is ex­pected to com­pete for the JP ticket.

Sources close to Ken­neth told the Star he has made up his mind to run in Nairobi and not Mu­rang’a, though he is yet to pub­licly declare so.

Those un­happy with this de­ci­sion are, how­ever, schem­ing to stop his can­di­dacy on grounds he is an “out­sider”.

“Why is Eu­gene [Wa­ter CS Wa­malwa] quiet of late? We can­not al­low peo­ple to come from nowhere to con­trol us here,” the source said.

Sakaja has de­nied be­ing part of the team plan­ning to lock out Ken­neth, say­ing, “All of them are wel­come. Ju­bilee is open to all.”

On Mon­day, the four Ju­bilee hope­fuls held a meet­ing at the JP Nairobi of­fice in West­lands and later told jour­nal­ists they will work to­gether and share elec­tive po­si­tions.

“Amongst us, we have the gov­er­nor, deputy gov­er­nor and the sen­a­tor,” Waweru said. Sakaja said, “We are all fight­ing against one Evans Kidero, whom we in­tend to send home.”

Last Sun­day, Ken­neth said he has no­ti­fied the Reg­is­trar of Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties Lucy Ndung’u of his in­ten­tion to leave KNC.

/ COLLINS KWEYU

For­mer Gatanga MP Peter Ken­neth with Nairobi county deputy minority leader Hashim Ka­mau (R) at StTeresa’s Girls Sec­ondary School in Eastleigh on Oc­to­ber 23

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