Celebrated singer Kevin Mbuvi Kioko, alias Bahati, broke down in tears as he protested the Jubilee Party’s decision to recall his nomination certificate.
Last week, the ruling party awarded the artist a ticket to contest for the Mathare parliamentary seat in the August 9th elections.
Addressing the press at a Nairobi hotel on Monday, Bahati claimed Jubilee recalled the certificate and asked him to shelve his bid in favor of incumbent MP Anthony Oluoch, who is defending his seat on an ODM ticket.
The singer says he was informed that Jubilee cannot field a candidate in the constituency since it is zoned for the ODM party. Jubilee and ODM are both constituent parties of the Azimio La Umoja-One Kenya coalition.
"I am also in Azimio and this certificate here is not only for Bahati, but it represents many other youths, this is a sign of hope. I respect my president and Raila Odinga but please give the youth of this country chance," Bahati said as he broke down in tears.
"I know there is zoning and Mathare has been zoned as an ODM area but for this one time give the people of Mathare to choose the leader they have always wanted."
The singer argued that the people of Mathare will be denied the opportunity to vote for their leader of choice if his name will not be on the ballot.
"I did not come to politics because I wanted a job I already had one but the people of Mathare want people that can understand their problems, someone that comes from them,” he said.
"I personally have made a decision that I'm not backing down from the race. My name will be on the ballot on August 9. I will not step down for someone that does not understand the needs of my people.”