Kevin Kioko aka Bahati has stated that he will not run for the Mathare parliamentary seat as an independent candidate.
Speaking during an interview on Radio Maisha, Bahati said he had tried to negotiate with Jubilee Party to make the best decision after he was asked to step down in favour of ODM’s Anthony Oluoch.
He maintained that he is positive that he will 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.
“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 reiterated that he believes his name will be forwarded to the IEBC and he will start campaigning by the end of the week.
Asked why he wants to represent the people of Mathare, Bahati 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.
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“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,” he said.
Adding: “I thank the people of Mathare for voting for me, that is why I was awarded the nomination certificate.
“It is even worse when you are being told to step down for someone who has not worked for the people."
Earlier this week, Bahati broke down while addressing the press saying that his nomination certificate had been recalled to pave way for another Azimio la Umoja candidate.
The gospel-turned-secular artist was quick to remind the leaders of his political formation (President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga) how he has been loyal to the Jubilee Party.
“I respect Raila and Uhuru Kenyatta. I am a big supporter of Azimio and Jubilee. I personally did over 555 stops campaigning for the president across the country. Please do not kill the hearts of the youths in Azimio,” a tearful Bahati pleaded.