Days after President Uhuru Kenyatta appeared to endorse Peter Kenneth for the Nairobi gubernatorial race, the Head of State has clarified on his earlier statement saying that he was misquoted.
Addressing the media at State House on Thursday, Uhuru said in Swahili: “Sikuwaambia wamchague. Nilisema wamuombee. Hiyo si kupigia mtu debe.
“Muombeeni…ubaya uko wapi? Hata naombea aspirants wote
This loosely translates to: “I did not tell them to vote for him. I asked them to pray for him. That does not amount to an endorsement.
Pray for him. Where is the problem? I am praying for all aspirants.”
The President added that he and his Jubilee Party do not have favorites for the August 8 polls.
“I will work with the people chosen by the wananchi,” he said.
Uhuru appeared to endorse Peter Kenneth while addressing residents of Kirwara in Gatanga last Saturday after attending the burial of former Gatanga MP David Murathe’s father.
He told them to “pray for their son so he can win the Nairobi race.”
Peter Kenneth was given a chance to talk and he assured the crowd that he will fight it out and the next time he goes to visit will be as Nairobi governor.
The former Gatanga MP is facing touch opposition from senator Mike Sonko.