A rose by any other name still smells as sweet. Kevin Kioko, whether going by Bahati, or “mtoto wa mama”, or ”Eastland’s most beloved” still remains the boyish singer who wears his heart on a sleeve. Nevertheless, the widely successful artiste, for the first time, drew the ire of furious Kenyans when he broke down on Monday in a teary meltdown following claims that he was being coerced into dropping out of the Mathare parliamentary race. Many questioned his mettle as a strong leader after this apparent show of weakness. Bahati seems to be a fast learner. Adopting a technique of tough and rough politics, he is now tackling hard, explaining why he chose, and would still choose, Uhuru Kenyatta over Deputy President William Ruto if asked to do so again.
Bahati was speaking while making an appearance on ntv’s weekly comedy show, The Wicked Edition, which was hosted by funnyman Mwalimu.
While responding to a query over why he decided to work with Uhuru Kenyatta and not William Ruto, Bahati said that any leader is God-chosen, and for that, choosing to work with Uhuru is choosing to work with God’s choice. In what sounded like a dig at the Deputy President, Bahati said that all Kenyans have a responsibility to follow whatever the leader says. When he says it’s this way we should all follow without much criticism and disrespect, he declared.
Bahati broke down while addressing the media at Luke Hotel Nairobi on Monday.
The MP aspirant claimed that the party had recalled the certificate he had been given even after winning in all the opinion polls.
He further said he was told to step down in favour of the sitting MP Anthony Oluoch, a decision he was not ready to make.
“I was told to step down after receiving the nomination certificate,” he said, adding that even with the new developments he was not going to step down from the Mathare Parliamentary race.
He complained of a fraudulent process in awarding the Jubilee party nomination certificate even after the party conducted free and fair primaries.
“I personally have made a decision that I’m not backing down from the race. My name will be on the ballot on August 9.”
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