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Kenya 2022: Sakaja versus Igathe in the battle for Nairobi

By Son Gatitu

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Posted on June 10, 2022 13:37

Who will win the crucial Nairobi governorship election in August? Raila Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja coalition has settled on business leader Polycarp Igathe as its candidate, while William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Alliance has chosen Senator Johnson Sakaja.

Igathe is a business leader who has managed companies in the oil, banking and financial services sectors. Some say his entry into the race in April was a plot by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Jubilee Party to maintain grip on the city. Kenyatta has dropped his alliance with Ruto and is now backing Raila for the presidency.

Igathe is also a former deputy governor of Nairobi. He resigned in January 2018, barely four months after he was elected alongside populist governor Mike Sonko, who was impeached in December 2020. Igathe said he found it difficult to work with Sonko, who was known for his erratic style of management, and that the post of deputy governor was not well defined.

Senator Sakaja

Sakaja is a senator representing Nairobi and held a seat in the house that voted to remove Sonko. He however abstained from the vote in what was seen as a bid to preserve his own support base

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