Former gospel artist in tears after being told to drop bid for Mathare MP seat

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Ex Kenyan gospel artist Kevin Kioko alias Bahati on Monday broke into tears after being asked to shelve his political ambition in favour of his opponent.

Bahati was last week cleared by the Jubilee party to run for Mathare parliamentary seat after winning in the party’s primaries. However, the outfit has recalled the certificate, asking him to back ODM candidate Anthony Oluoch.

“I know that there is zoning in politics. Mathare has been zoned as an ODM area. For this one time, let us give the youth of this country and the Azimio la Umoja a chance,” he said.

“Give the people of Mathare a chance to get the leader they have always wanted. These people of Mathare have suffered. I did not come to politics to get a job because I already had one. They deserve someone who understands them,” he added.

The gospel turned secular artist maintained that his name will be on the ballots on August 9.

"I cannot step down for someone that has not helped my people. Someone who has used Mathare to benefit himself. Someone who does not know the problems of my people,” said Bahati.

He has pleaded with President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM boss Raila Odinga to intervene.

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