Talks to have Azimio aspirants back one of them for top city seat

Friday, March 11th, 2022 00:00 | By
Talks to have Azimio aspirants back one of them for top city seat.

Contest for Nairobi governorship is taking shape, even as it emerges that Azimio La Umoja wants the candidates to back one of them. 

The race has attracted Westlands MP Timothy Wanyonyi of the Orange Democratic Movement  which is under Azimio, businessman  Richard Ngatia, who is the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) president, incumbent Ann Kananu and entrepreneur Agnes Kagure. 

Ngatia says that, as a coalition, they have started negotiations to look for a strong candidate who will beat the contender fronted by Deputy President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza coalition.

 “We have been talking with our principals and we are looking for a strong person who will beat our competitors. Our intention is to win the seat with ease”, he said. 

Key issues the principals are looking for include the popularity of the candidate and their chances and ability to help balance the matrix of different communities. 

“We don’t want anyone to be left out. The plan is to have people who will make Nairobi a greater city again. Days of drama are gone and it’s time now to have better leaders,” he said. 

Ngatia said the Azimio principals, through the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta, are looking for a person who will transform the city — like the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) has done.

 Kananu expressed confidence that they will settle on her to lead Nairobi. “We are having several consultations and every one of us is being reviewed by our principals. However, I want these people to know that I am here to stay. Of all the candidates, I am the best suited,” she said.

Wanyonyi also confirmed that talks are taking place but vowed not to leave the seat for any of the contenders. “I am on the ballot to stay. Let the candidates take the other seats but, for Nairobi governor, it is a sealed deal,” he said.

 He added:  “With me on the steering wheel of City Hall, things will never be the same again,” Wanyonyi. 

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