Welcome to Nairobi governorship race, Sonko tells Eugene
Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko has welcomed Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa to the race for Nairobi governor seat.
Speaking on Monday, Sonko said that despite not supporting Wamalwa’s candidature, he respects his right to contest for the seat saying as Nairobi Senator it is his duty to welcome all political leaders interested in vying in the county.
“Any person has a right to vie for any seat in Nairobi irrespective of their ethnic affiliation because we live in a democratic country,” said Sonko.
“Eugene is therefore welcome to vie in the county’s governorship race because it is the people who will decide who carries the day in the 2017 elections,” said Sonko.
Sonko termed the opposition of Wamalwa’s aspirations by a section of MPs from Nairobi as gratuitous, saying they do not need to fear the CS’s interest in the governorship race since doing so would be tantamount to propagating politics of division.
“I do not support Eugene’s candidature because I am also vying for the Nairobi governor seat. But I respect his interest in the seat and would be ready to face him in the ballot so that the people of Nairobi can decide,” said Senator Sonko.
“I wonder why some MPs have expressed outright opposition of Wamalwa’s candidature yet he is a Cabinet Secretary in the Jubilee Government and he may even have consulted the president on his ambitions and gotten the green light to vie.”
This is the first time that Senator Sonko has weighed in on the matter which emerged on Sunday after four MPs from Jubilee endorsed the Water CS for the Nairobi top seat.