Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has lashed wildly at a local newspaper for reporting that he is warming up to Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero ahead of 2017 general election after a photo showing the two leaders having lunch together surfaced online.
Sonko says he has no intention, whatsoever, to ditch Jubilee Party and join the Opposition CORD ahead of 2017 polls.
Sonko, who has expressed interest in Nairobi gubernatorial seat, says his loyalty is still inclined toward Uhuru-led Jubilee Party and vows not to support Kidero for 2017 Nairobi governor.
The senator took to his official social media platforms Wednesday, November 9, to share the information with his followers.
In a lengthy post, Sonko said: “My attention has been drawn to a story appearing in one gutter press alleging that am warming up to the Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero.
“I wish to categorically state here and now that I have never, am not and will never support Dr. Kidero who is my competitor for the 2017 gubernatorial race. My loyalty to Jubilee Party and H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Government remains unshakable and unrivalled.
“I read malice and propaganda in the story only meant to portray me as a traitor having been recently appointed to the President Uhuru’s presidential re-election campaign Team. I am aware that the Governor…is solely behind this misleading story.
“I wish to further state that the lunch meeting I had with Dr. Kidero was after we attended a parliamentary Standing Committee meeting on Roads and Transportation at Prugna Room Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi.
“The meeting was to build consensus on the Kenya Roads Bill (National Assembly Bill No 26 of 2015) and was attended by Governors and Senators among other top Government officials.
“It was during the lunch break that Dr. Kidero joined me and Hon. Simon Mbugua for lunch and nothing political was discussed.
“Finally, I will continue to oversight the Nairobi Country Executive and to hold the Governor to account for all the monies received from the exchequer and from the locally generated revenue.
“My fight against corruption at City Hall continues and those dreaming that taking lunch with Dr. Kidero was to compromise me are in for a rude shock.
“I cannot and shall not let down the good people of Nairobi, aluta continua,” concluded Sonko’s statement.