Bahati cleared by IEBC to vie for Mathare. 

Singer Bahati is over the moon after the Independence Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) cleared him to vie for the Mathare constituency in the August General Election. 

Born Kevin Kioko, the gospel-turned-secular artiste took to Instagram and shared the news with his fans saying, "it's time to change our leadership".

"Finally cleared by the IEBC. Thank you God, thank you Jubilee Party, thank you Mathare for entrusting me with this opportunity to bring the change we have been longing for," wrote Bahati.

A month ago, Bahati hinted at foul play after being urged to drop his parliamentary bid in favour of an ODM aspirant days after receiving his nomination certificate to fly Jubilee's flag in the coming elections. 

However, he maintained he was optimistic that he would be allowed to be on the ballot because the party believes in the dreams of young leaders. 

"I am not buying the Independent talk because I feel that's like betraying my party. And I believe also the party will not betray the young people. 

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"I believe Azimio has a place for young people…I have the ticket and nothing has been formally communicated to me to step down," he said. 

Bahati, who has been vocal about his wishes to represent the people of Mathare, said he understands the plight of his people, having been born and raised in the area. 

"Mathare is where I was born and raised, it is the place that made me who I am. We have been wanting and crying for change. If I can do something to better the lives of people in Mathare, why not go for it. Mathare people are going through the same problems I went through more than 20 years ago," said Bahati.