Peter Kenneth receives Uhuru endorsement for Nairobi race

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Nairobi Governor aspirant Peter Kenneth. PHOTO: MONICAH MWANGI/THE STAR

On Saturday, April 15, President Uhuru Kenyatta hinted at supporting Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant Peter Kenneth to fly the Jubilee Party flag.

At the burial of former Gatanga Member of Parliament and current JP deputy chairman David Murathe, the President asked the people of Murang’a to pray for Kenneth to ensure he turns out victorious during party nominations slated for Friday, April 21.

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Uhuru addresses workers at United Aryan (EPZ) Ltd in Babadogo, Nairobi last week. PHOTO: PSCU

The Head of State who was speaking at PCEA Kirwara Church, remembered Murathe as hardworking and a man who played a key role in community development.

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President Kenyatta also allowed Kenneth to address the crowd with the latter urging the residents of Murang’a where he was once MP, to vote for Uhuru to the person to ensure he retains his seat.

“I will fight to get the ticket and win the seat in Nairobi so that when I come to visit you I will be Nairobi Governor,” Kenneth who unsuccessfully vied for presidency in the last elections said.

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“But I urge you to reelect Uhuru as proof of your love for him.” He added.

Kenneth is facing his toughest political battle yet, with the main competition coming from his arch rival Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko and Bishop Margaret Wanjiru both of whom are also eyeing the JP ticket.

Sonko maintains that there will be no consensus for the ticket among the aspirants after he ruled out the possibility of ever working with Kenneth.

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Also present at the burial were Cabinet secretaries Eugene Wamalwa (Water and Irrigation) and Mwangi Kiunjuri (Devolution).

MPs Jamleck Kamau (Kigumo), Irungu Kang’ata (Kiharu), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South) and Murang’a county assembly speaker Nduati Kariuki also graced the ceremony.

The President at the same time said he has no preferred candidate for Murang’a county’s top seat where the race is between incumbent Mwangi Wairia and Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau.