President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday said he is ready to mediate between Jubilee rivals for Nairobi governor, Mike Sonko and Peter Kenneth.
Addressing the media from State House, President Uhuru said that it is his goal and that of Jubilee to win the Nairobi gubernatorial seat in August, adding that heading into the general election as a united front would give Jubilee a better chance.
“I am willing to mediate between the two so that we can have one candidate going to the nominations. However, if mediation proves difficult then I have no preferred candidate and the decision will have to be made at the ballot during the primaries,” President Uhuru said while addressing reporters
“Our desire just like our rivals is to win the Nairobi gubernatorial seat. That is why am willing to mediate between rival aspirants going for the same seat by Jubilee ticket because we would like to head to August 8 poll as a united force,” said the president.
The president denied media reports that he had endorsed Peter Kenneth for the Jubilee nomination for Nairobi governor, saying he only told the people of Murang’a to pray for Kenneth, not vote for him. “I did not tell them to vote for him. I asked them to pray for him. Does that amount to an endorsement? I only said pray for him. Where is the problem? I am personally praying for all aspirants.”
He reiterated that neither he nor Jubilee has a favorite aspirant in Nairobi or elsewhere in the country for the Jubilee nomination that take place on Friday, Monday and Tuesday. “The Jubilee Party leadership and I will work with the people that the wananchi elect and together we shall present to the nation our shared vision and agenda,” the president said.