Musician Kevin Kioko, alias Bahati has caused mixed reactions after breaking down over his Mathare parliamentary bid.
In a presser, the singer alleged that the Jubilee Party had asked him to step down from the parliamentary race.
Bahati pleaded with the party leadership and President Uhuru Kenyatta not to block him from contesting for the seat.
He added that the Jubilee, which is a member party of the Azimio One Kenya Alliance wants him to step down in favour of incumbent Anthony Oluoch.
“I have been asked by Jubilee to drop my Mathare MP bid. But I know I’m the best candidate for Mathare. I respect President Uhuru Kenyatta and former prime minister Raila Odinga but please, can you give the youth a chance. Let me vie for this position,” he said.
Oluoch is seeking to defend his seat under a ODM ticket.
“Let the people of Mathare decide because I have Jubilee’s nomination ticket and it is not mine alone, it’s for the people of Mathare
“I also understand that Mathare has been marked as an ODM zone but can’t we just excuse this one. Let me run so that the people of Mathare can decide,” Bahati said.
The musician was given the nomination certificate on Friday by the Jubilee director of elections and Kieni MP Kanini Kega.
“For sure it’s not been easy competing against all those veteran politicians and I would like to day thank you for choosing me as the most popular candidate in Mathare
“Secondly; I want to personally thank you my party leader H.E President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta for giving me an opportunity to vie on a Jubilee ticket,” Bahati wrote in part.
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