Sonko, Kenneth ‘meet’, discuss deal on Nairobi governor job

Nairobi governor hopeful Peter Kenneth with Ngara MCA Mwaura Chege and county assembly deputy minority leader Hashim Kamau at the StTheresa Secondary School in Eastleigh on October 23, 2016 / COLLINS KWEYU

Former Gatanga MP and Nairobi governor hopeful Peter Kenneth has met Senator Mike Sonko to discuss the possibility of joining forces ahead of the August election.

The two met on Friday evening in an undisclosed location near Nyeri.

Sources said Kenneth asked Sonko for his support and the senator reportedly said he was willing to consider, especially if the President himself told him to step down.

“They agreed that working together was the best way to defeat Evans Kidero,” said a source familiar with the meeting.

But yesterday Sonko denied meeting Kenneth and discussing how to work together.

“He found me with the President and I protested about him. I told the President that Kenneth needs to make a public apology about his past and we should all go for the nomination. If he wins I will support him,” Sonko told the Star.

Kenneth was unavailable for comment. Sonko said the President does not back Kenneth, but rather insists that all aspirants face off at the primaries and the party will support the winner. The senator claimed Kenneth sent Nairobi woman representative Rachel Shebesh to him with an offer for him to abandon his ambition in his favour, which he rejected.

“I told her that Nairobi does not belong to me and I will need to consult with my supporters if I were to make that decision,” Sonko said.

Earlier in the day in Kiriane, Nyeri county, Sonko had told Kenneth to stop sending brokers to him and deal with him directly.

“Talk to me directly. We can find a way to work together,” Sonko said.

According to sources close the two, another meeting has been planned this week where a deal could be made.

Sonko is among the team of Jubilee aspirants who has called Kenneth an outsider.

The team includes Johnson Sakaja, Margaret Wanjiru and Dagoretti South MP David Waweru.

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