In Summary
  • Through his Facebook page, Mr Sonko offered Mr Kirubi a job as economic adviser in the event he lands the governorship.
  • Mr Sonko vowed not to work with Mr Kenneth, accusing him of betraying President Kenyatta in 2013.
  • Names linked to picking of Mr Igathe are Mr Peter Munga, Mr David Murathe, and a top aide Uhuru aide based at State House.

Elite businessmen from Murang’a, along with a top State House official, played a key role in choosing Polycarp Igathe as Mike Sonko’s running mate in the Nairobi governorship race, the Nation can reveal.

The Nation has reliably learnt that Mr Sonko was hesitant to take Mr Igathe as his running mate and was keen to pick one from the initial Nairobi team with whom he had worked so hard to repulse the entry of Peter Kenneth into city politics.

Interviews with multiple sources suggest that the process of picking Mr Igathe only came into the picture after the famous altercation between Mr Sonko and businessman Chris Kirubi.

In fact Mr Sonko had gone further to widen the net and briefly flirted with the idea of including former town clerk John Gakuo and businessman Jimnah Mbaru as possible choices for running mate.

CHRIS KIRUBI

It was at this time that Mr Kirubi came into the picture after Mr Sonko, through his Facebook page, offered him a job as economic adviser in the event he lands the governorship after the August poll.

Though Mr Kirubi repulsed the offer, going as far as making unsavoury remarks against the senator, it is the job offer that triggered the series of events that would culminate in the naming of Mr Igathe as Mr Sonko’s running mate, in a scheme pushed by a powerful elite from Murang’a County.

During an interview on Citizen TV in March, Mr Sonko vowed not to work with Mr Kenneth, accusing him of betraying President Kenyatta in 2013.

Before his unveiling as running mate, Mr Igathe was the managing director of Vivo Energy, a business consortium linked to Kirubi.

“It is possible that Kirubi was privy to the negotiations and that is why he willingly let Igathe leave,” a source close to Mr Sonko revealed to the Nation.

MURANG’A ELITE

Other names being linked to the picking of Mr Igathe are Peter Munga, the chairman of Equity Bank, David Murathe, the vice-chairman of the Jubilee Party and a top aide of President Uhuru Kenyatta based at State House.

“This was a Murang’a thing and all references to Igathe’s corporate credentials are a ruse. Forget the corporate thing and focus on the fact that Igathe hails from Murang’a and that was the main qualification,” the source said.

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