Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has confirmed he is in the race for Nairobi governor next year.
He said he decided to speak out to allay fears of his supporters who are concerned about his silence on the matter.
“I am firmly in the race to be the next governor of Nairobi. I am ready for the contest,” Sonko told the Star.
He was reacting to a story published by the Star on Friday, which linked him to the seat even though it said that he has not formally announced his intention.
During the burial of former Kamukunji MP Simon Mbugua's mother, Sonko said casually he would go for the position.
But yesterday, he said: “For the avoidance of doubt, let me make it clear to Kenyans that I am in the race for the seat and everyone must be ready for a tough battle. But this is the time to deliver on my pre-election promises. Time for politics will come. ”
Sonko said he had not declared intent because he is discharging his mandate as Nairobi senator.
“My immediate task is to serve the people of Nairobi who elected me senator. I want to deliver on my promise and will announce my blueprint at the right time.”
Sonko will face off with former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru and Nominated MP Johnstone Sakaja foir the Jubilee ticket.
Others seeking the party's ticket are former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru, Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru and Harun Mwau.