Mathare Jubilee candidate Kevin Kioko, who is popularly known as Bahati, has dismissed “false”, claims that he has quit the race.
In a statement i Nairobi issued on Monday, 27th June, the musician said that some Azimio La Umoja members had been causing confusion among his supporters by alleging that he had stepped down.
“Stop misleading the voters of Mathare, Bahati- MP Mathare has not stepped down for anyone. Ignore the propaganda!!!” He remarked.
This comes after Nairobi Senatorial candidate Edwin Sifuna announced that the Jubilee and ODM delegates had agreed that the award-winning musician step down for incumbent MP Anthony Oluoch.
Sifuna said Bahati would later be considered for an alternative position in the coalition’s administration if it wins the August 9 General Election.
He claimed that Mathare constituency had been zoned for an ODM candidate and that the singer should withdraw from the race.
“Our colleagues from Jubilee will be presenting their candidates from eight constituencies and those from ODM will present some from eight constituencies,” said Sifuna.
“Zoning was done perfectly. Even here in Mathare, we have agreed that it’s an ODM zone. We only have one candidate in 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.”
Youth And Gender Affairs CAS Rachel Shebesh also appealed to Bahati to shelve his political ambitions at the moment.
Shebesh told Bahati that even Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi had given up his Nairobi governor dream in favour of Jubilee’s Polycarp Igathe, who currently is the preferred candidate.
Bahati had earlier cried foul after Jubilee Party had revoked his nomination certificate to embrace the handshake and Azimio zoning in Nairobi County.