Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has claimed that former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth tried to bribe him to drop out of the count governorship race.
Speaking at the Jesus Is Alive Ministry (JIAM) Church in Nairobi on Sunday, Mike Sonko claimed that Peter Kenneth offered him Ksh1 billion to let him be Jubilee’s flag bearer in the August elections.
“I realized it is not worth sacrificing the welfare of the people of Nairobi for Ksh 1billion. After I turned down his offer, he decided to bribe other Nairobi MPs to support his bid,” said Senator Sonko.
“Some of those MPs have been given Ksh20 million to support Peter Kenneth for Nairobi governorship race. We will not allow an outsider to govern this county.”
Sonko also faulted Kenneth’s loyalty to President Uhuru Kenyatta citing his decision to run against him in 2013 presidential elections and allegedly supporting the cases against the president and his deputy William Ruto at the ICC.
Kenneth finished fourth in the race, behind Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga and Musalia Mudavadi respectively.
Sonko’s utterances came hours after Peter Kenneth, who recently defected from Kenya National Congress (KNC) to Jubilee, declared interest in vying for the Nairobi governorship seat.
“If Nairobi is seriously looking for a good manager who will make them happy and serve them, then you don’t need to look anywhere else; that guy is here,” Peter Kenneth said at a service at Jesus Winner Ministry in Roysambu.
Peter Kenneth dispelled the ‘outsider’ tag propagated by Mike Sonko saying anyone is allowed by the Constitution to vie for any seat anywhere they want.
“Whether you came to Nairobi last year or four years ago, Nairobi is for all of us and no one should be considered an outsider. If anything, I have lived in Nairobi my entire life,” said the 2013 presidential candidate.
Sonko’s faction, dubbed Team Nairobi, has nominated MP Johnson Sakaja, Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, and Dagoretti South MP Denis Waweru among others.
All the leaders in the camp have expressed interest in running for the governorship seat, though they have since expressed willingness to settle on one candidate.
“We are ready to sacrifice our individual ambitions to back one candidate who will transform Nairobi for the best,” said Sakaja in his address on Sunday.
Kenneth has the backing of Starehe MP Maina Kamanda and Nairobi Women Representative Rachel Shebesh who seems to have made an about turn from her stand on the Nairobi governorship race.
Speaking at the Jubilee delegates meeting last Friday, Shebesh had claimed that Jubilee should field a candidate from any other region than Central Kenya in the Nairobi governorship race, placing the best on Sakaja, Sonko or Eugene Wamalwa who had also expressed interest in the seat.
Peter Kenneth is yet to respond to Mike Sonko’s allegations.