Peter Kenneth’s entry into city politics provides new headache for Jubilee Party

Kenneth's entry into the capital’s gubernatorial race is the latest in an already crowded field of candidates seeking to be elected on a Jubilee Party ticket.

 

The declaration over the weekend by former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth that he will most likely run for Nairobi Governor during next year’s polls has complicated matters for the Jubilee Party.

His entry into the capital’s gubernatorial race is the latest in an already crowded field of candidates seeking to be elected on a Jubilee Party ticket.

Kenneth now joins Senator Mike Sonko, Dagoretti  South MP Dennis Waweru, Nominated MP Johnson Sakaja, former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru and Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa who will all fight it out for the Jubilee nomination.

Support for Kenyatta

Kenneth who ran for the presidency in 2013, also indicated that he will shelve his presidential ambitions in 2017 and will instead support Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election bid.

Jubilee’s top leadership is keen on wrestling the city’s top job away from Cord while preventing any possible fall outs from all the leaders who are seeking the party’s ticket.

Sonko has already welcomed the possibility of Kenneth running in Nairobi, confidently saying he was ready for the battle that lies ahead.

Sakaja on the other hand challenged Kenneth to first dissolve his Kenya National Congress Party and join the Jubilee Party before making any declaration.

Others who are preparing to face off with Dr Evans Kidero for the much sought after gubernatorial position include Miguna Miguna, former National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende, former Kilome MP Harun Mwau and city businesswoman Esther Passaris.

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