Musician-turned politician Kevin Bahati has rejected overtures from the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party to drop his quest for the Mathare parliamentary seat.
Azimio has been crafting a formula to withdraw weak candidates in favour of strong ones in areas where affiliate parties have sponsored more than one contestant for the same position.
Bahati is the Jubilee candidate for Mathare and is sweating it out for the seat with the incumbent, Anthony Oluoch of ODM, a party within Azimio. The Kenya Kwanza Alliance of Deputy President William Ruto has fronted only one candidate.
Predicting that cannibalism could deny the alliance a majority of seats in the Parliament and county assemblies where laws are made, the Azimio Council last week passed a resolution to eliminate some contenders. Bahati is one of those targeted.
Earlier today, ODM Secretary-General and Nairobi senatorial candidate Edwin Sifuna revealed that the coalition has decided to withdraw Bahati from the Mathare contest.
“In Mathare it was decided that ODM will field the candidate supported by Azimio and that is current MP Anthony Oluoch. For musician Bahati, we will get him a job in the Azimio government,” Sifuna said.
But says he is not quitting the race.
He has vowed to fight for his rights and ensure that his name is on the ballot in the August 9 General Election.
“I want to remind Sifuna and Rachel Shebesh that I’m an orphan who was raised in Mathare and I trust in God. My God will ensure I’m on the ballot. I was cleared to run for this seat and I’m not stepping down,” he said.
The Jubilee had initially withdrawn Bahati’s ticket before reinstating it.