Sakaja's Nairobi running mate wanted to be Governor

Sakaja picks ABSA boss as running-mate

Johnson Sakaja and James Muchiri

Nairobi governor hopeful Johnson Sakaja has picked ABSA bank Chief Operating Officer James Njoroge Muchiri as his running mate in the gubernatorial race.

The Nairobi Senator said he had been looking at a number of people but Muchiri fit the description he wanted noting that he wanted someone who will deal with trade, markets and digitization of services in the city.

“At least from around the 10 people I was looking at, he has the kind of attributes I would require for a good deputy because our focus is on the economy in Nairobi, so I wanted someone who can deal with trade, markets and digitization of services in the city and he completely fits the bill,” Sakaja said.

Sakaja added that he was confident his team would clinch the seat on the elections saying having been in the senate he understood best how to implement policies in the capital city.

Muchiri had sought the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket in the primaries for the Nyandarua governor’s seat but lost out to businessman Kiarie Badilisha.

Kenya Kwanza is set to officially unveil the Nairobi team which includes members of parliament and members of the county assembly.

The Kenya Kwanza Nairobi lineup is now done with Bishop Margaret Wanjiru holding the senatorial flag while Millicent Omanga takes up the Woman Representative flag.

The Azimio coalition on the other hand has its team led by Polycarp Igathe deputized by Philip Kaloki. Edwin Sifuna will try a hand in the senate for the second time having made an attempt in 2017. Esther Passaris will be defending her seat as Woman Representative.

The move by Sakaja comes as candidates rush to beat the May 16 deadline set by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to have unveiled their running mates.

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