Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance presidential aspirant Raila Odinga has declared his stand on the Mathare parliamentary seat bid.
Speaking in a recent campaign trail, the former Prime Minister endorsed incumbent Anthony Oluoch as the Azimio representative for the race.
On the other hand, Raila offered musician Kevin Kioko alias Bahati a job in the government to drop his bid in favour of Oluoch.
Oluoch is vying for the seat on ODM ticket while Bahati is running under a Jubilee ticket; both parties are members of the Azimio One Kenya Alliance.
“Here in Mathare, as Baba I know I have two children in the same race. Do you want me to advice you as Baba? This is what I want
“I have Oluoch and Bahati, and this is what I have decided. I will hold Bahati’s hand. Bahati is my child; I will give him a job in government. Ruaraka MP is TJ Kajwang while Mathare MP is Oluoch,” Raila declared.
Raila endorses incumbent MP Anthony Oluoch for Mathare MP seat, promises musician Bahati a job.
Oluoch is vying for the seat on ODM ticket while Bahati is running under a Jubilee ticket; both parties are members of the Azimio One Kenya Alliance. pic.twitter.com/CExuM8bjXN
— Koech (@realkevin_koech) July 18, 2022
However, Bahati has since declined the plea by the presidential hopeful, insisting that he must be in the ballot.
In a statement on his social media platforms, the musician stated that he must be in the ballot having been cleared by IEBC and the Jubilee Party.
“I Bahati Kioko will be in the ballot this 9th of August,” Bahati said.
Cleared by IEBC and My Party Jubilee… Blessed By GOD Na Watu Wa Mathare Wameamua Next MP Ni Bahati Kioko ✅😊 pic.twitter.com/AuDn3b09M4
— bahatikenya (@BahatiKenya) July 17, 2022
Recently, Bahati and ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna recently engaged in a heated Twitter spat over the musician’s quest for the MP seat.
The argument started after Sifuna claimed that Bahati had bowed out of the race in favour of Oluoch.
“Zoning was done perfectly even here in Mathare we have agreed that its an ODM zone. We only have one candidate in Mathare and that is Anthony Oluoch, this young man called Bahati is my younger brother and we will talk
“I will make sure that we find him another position within the Azimio government,” Sifuna said during a joint delegates meeting between ODM and Jubilee members.
The statement irked Bahati who fired back claiming that the ODM SG had been paid by Oluoch to spread propaganda about his parliamentary bid.
“You have already been given three million by my losing opponent to lie that I have stepped down and “you” will offer me a job in the Azimio government
“You want to give me a job as who? Stay away from Mathare politics and focus on your bid or you will lose again like in 2017,” the musician said.
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