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Kriss Darlin explains why he knelt before Raila Odinga

 Krisss Darlin has spoken out on kneeling before ODM leader Raila Odinga.

Over the weekend, reggae DJ and Kibra MP seat hopeful Krisss Darlin caused quite a stir after kneeling before ODM leader Raila Odinga during a rally.

Footage of the Sunday rally at Kamukunji Grounds in Kibra shows Kriss, dressed in an orange tracksuit going down on both knees and asking for Raila’s support in his MP bid.

Kriss even swore to take a bullet for Raila if need be.

“Let them shoot me if it means that you remain and lead in 2022… I ask that you hold my hand Baba…” he said amidst cheers from the crowd.

Publicity stunt?

Speaking to a local publication on Monday, Kriss dismissed claims that his move was merely a publicity stunt.

According to the DJ, Raila has the final say on who becomes MP hence, his actions during the rally.

"Raila, having been the area as MP for over two decades and because Kibra is one of the ODM’s zones in the city, he will have the final say on who succeeds Okoth.”

Kriss however further pointed out that after all, the voters will have the final say on his political ambitions.

"The people of Kibra have the final say. If elected I will represent the party, not just Raila," he added.

Hotly contested seat

The Kibra MP seat was declared vacant following the death of MP Ken Okoth who lost the battle to cancer.

During the rally, Raila unveiled 24 aspirants seeking the party ticket in the by-election. On Monday, the aspirants will be subjected to vetting that will see non-loyal aspirants weeded out before the primaries on Saturday.

Bernard Otieno Imran, the late Ken Okoth’s brother who is also contesting for the seat found himself in trouble with the crowd over the controversial cremation of the former Kibra MP.

He explained to the crowd that it was not his decision but was just fulfilling Okoth's wishes. “Ken Okoth was a family man and we did as he had wished,” he said.

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