Raila Will Have Final Say, Says Kriss Darlin Amid Backlash for Kneeling Before ODM Leader

August 27, 2019

Reggae DJ and MC Chris Odhiambo alias Kriss Darlin is still a trending topic of discussion on social media after he did the unthinkable on Sunday by kneeling before Raila Odinga in his quest to succeed the late Ken Okoth as the MP for Kibra constituency.

The entertainer went down on his knees during the unveiling of ODM party candidates at Kamukunji grounds, Kibra. He went on to plead with the ODM party leader to hold his hand through the nomination process, vowing he was the right man for the job.

“I have heard that there are many young men in Parliament fighting Baba (Raila), allow me as their fellow youth to go fight them in there as you wait to fight in 2022,” he said.

“Let them shoot me if it means that you remain and lead in 2022… I ask that you hold my hand Baba…” he added.

Speaking on Monday, Kriss Darlin insisted that he was not pulling a publicity stunt by kneeling before ‘Baba’.

“Raila, having been the area as MP for over two decades and because Kibra is one of the ODM’s zones in the city, he will have the final say on who succeeds Okoth,” he told the Star in a phone call interview.

He, however, noted that the decision of who will succeed the late Ken Okoth as Kibra MP will come the people of Kibra, not Raila solely.

“The people of Kibra have the final say. If elected I will represent the party, not just Raila,” he added.

The NTV Jamrock show host maintained he is the right candidate for Kibra as he was born and raised in Kibra and he resonates well with the challenges faced in the slum.

“I donate Sanitary towels to girls schools in Kibra constituency, I donate boxers to male children. I have a football tournament called Kriss darling Supercup that has been running for four years,” he said.

During the public rally at Kamukunji grounds, the ODM party unveiled a staggering 24 aspirants, with Raila ruling out a direct nomination for the party’s ticket in the by-election.

Raila said the party will conduct nomination exercise on August 31, before submitting its nominee to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) by September 3, 2019.

We have sampled some Twitter reactions to Kriss Darlin’s stunt.


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