I have no preferred candidate for Nairobi’s top job, Uhuru reassures rivals Peter Kenneth and Sonko

I have no preferred candidate for Nairobi’s top job, Uhuru reassures rivals Peter Kenneth and Sonko

President Uhuru Kenyatta has clarified that Jubilee party hierarchy has no preferred candidate for Nairobi gubernatorial seat.

Mr Kenyatta that his party will leave it to the people of Nairobi to decide between rivals Mike Sonko and peter Kenneth who flies its flag in the August 8th polls.

Sonko and Kenneth are both locked in a fierce battle for the party ticket as they seek to unseat Governor Evans Kidero.

READ MORE: Sonko not fit to be Nairobi Governor~Peter Kenneth declare

The rivalry has seen Sonko verbally attack Mr Kenneth and on Sunday refereed to him as albino in alive TV interview.

But the president Uhuru Kenyatta who is also the Jubilee Party leader refused to drawn into the battle and instead asked Nairobians to help separate the two at the nominations.

In an inclusive interview with Citizen TV Nipashe Programme, President Kenyatta distanced himself from the unending squabbles pitting Nairobi senator Mike Sonko and his main rival in the Jubilee party nominations Peter Kenneth.

President Uhuru Kenyatta together with his Deputy William during a meeting with members of the Jubilee Party National Executive Committee at State House, Nairobi.

He said his role can only arbitration between the two leaders upon their request saying that his party was not ready  impose a candidate on the people the Nairobi electorates.

“I cannot transcend on Kenyans’ rights to elect their leaders, especially in the Jubilee Party. It is upon the electorates to choose their preferred leaders,” said the president.

Though he expressed his dissatisfaction with the Jubilee leaders for their failure to reach a compromise on a candidate to take on incumbent Evans Kidero.

“I want our party to win the Nairobi gubernatorial race but I cannot say who will vie and who will not. No. Kenyans will choose,” he said.

READ MORE: Sonko: I shed tears because of Peter Kenneth, I will never support him

Last week, Senator Sonko accused some people in government of frustrating his Nairobi governor bid.

However, President Kenyatta denied his government involvement in the woes that faced Sonko last week as he struggled to get clearance from the police.

The president said that he won’t interfere with Jubilee primaries reiterating that he is willing to broker deals among rival aspirants.

During Sunday interview at the same station, Sonko vowed that he will not work with Peter Kenneth, saying he will never partner with someone who publicly opposed President Uhuru Kenyatta during the last General Election.

The senator said he will not step down for Kenneth despite mounting pressure, owing to the fact that latter did not abandon his presidential ambitions in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2013 elections.

Both Sonko and Kenneth enjoy a sizeable followership from elected MPs and jubilee supporters in the city.

However, the two leaders have divided Jubilee Party support base in Nairobi into two, with each pulling to the opposite directions.

President Kenyatta said that if the two cannot agree then it is the responsibility of Kenyans to choose their leader through the ballot.

READ MORE: Kidero wants Peter Kenneth, Sonko and Waweru arrested over gun drama in the city

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