Kenyan singer Kelvin Kioko, alias Bahati, has been handed the Jubilee party ticket for Mathare parliamentary seat.
This comes after the ruling party upturned the earlier zoning agreement with ODM which would have seen incumbent MP Anthony Oluoch remain the lone aspirant in the race from Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party.
Jubilee party secretary-general Jeremiah Kioni while handing him the ticket, on Friday, May 13 stated that Bahati represents the face of the youthful population. Adding that they decided to hand him the ticket because he deserves an equal opportunity as a Kenyan to vie for an elective post.
“We are happy to have Bahati as he is a young person. He represents everything positive in this country,” Kioni said.
Bahati received his ticket at a ceremony held at Jubilee party headquarters in Pangani, Nairobi. The singer welcomed the move saying he is ready to deliver the seat home.
” I have a ticket and I will be on the ballot. I can promise you I am the next member of parliament Mathare,”“Leo sitalia na niko na furaha. I would like to thank the President, my party leader for giving the youth of this country an opportunity to be leaders and represent our communities. People of Mathare are happy,” he stated.
Likewise, Bahati showed appreciation to Azimio coalition leader Raila Odinga for the opportunity as he promised to drum up support for the party in the country.
Bahati intends to succeed the sitting MP Anthony Oluoch, who won the seat on an ODM ticket in the 2017 general elections.