Former Gatanga Member of Parliament Peter Kenneth is set to vie for the Nairobi county governorship.
Mr Kenneth had plans to run for the office of the president, but has officially stepped down from the race and is now putting his weight behind President Kenyatta’s re-election bid.
During a church service in St Teresa Catholic Church in Eastleigh, Kenneth said:
”The 2017 elections have created a notion of coalitions contesting each other which leaves very little space for someone like me. I will therefore not be running for the presidency in the next election,”
The former Presidential hopeful added during his speech at the church that Nairobi deserves better leadership than what it has. He, however, did not categorically state which county he will be contesting for the gubernatorial seat with Nairobi, Nakuru or Muranga as possible options.
Jubilee MCAs in Nairobi county are calling on the former MP to run for county governor on the Jubilee party to unseat governor Kidero.
Deputy Minority Leader Chege Ngaruiya urged Mr. Kenneth to dissolve his party as a sign of good faith to President Kenyatta.
Mr Ngaruiya said:
”Just like the other contestants from Jubilee who have shown interest in the position, there is so much he can do for Nairobi people thus we are welcoming him to vie in the city. Every aspirant from Jubilee brings a lot to the table and we want to ensure a clean victory come 2017.”
Ngara MCA Chege Mwaura said; ”we would like to welcome Peter Kenneth to vie for Nairobi’s top-most seat because his track record has proven that he can run Nairobi and solve its issues.”
Nairobi senator Mike Sonko, who will be contesting for the position, is also welcoming of Mr. Kenneth’s interest in the Nairobi gubernatorial race.
“I am ready to work with the former Gatanga MP if he joins Jubilee Party and participate in the free and fair Jubilee party nominations,” said Sonko.
Mr. Kenneth will add to the long list of Jubilee gubernatorial aspirants including Dagoretti MP Dennis Waweru, Margaret Wanjiru and Mike Sonko, if he agrees to join the party.