Current Westlands Member of Parliament Tim Wanyonyi finally on Sunday revealed why he bolted out of the Nairobi Governor race ahead of the August 9th polls.
While speaking during a function at Westlands CDF offices where he Kickstarted his campaigns for a third term bid, the lawmaker revealed intrigues surrounding his decision to step down for Igathe in the race.
The legislator stated that he had to step down because the ODM leader Raila Odinga had been given the presidential seat and he could therefore not be given the governor’s seat again.
He said that under the agreement, it had been decided that ODM takes the Presidency while the Jubilee Party of President Uhuru Kenyatta takes the Nairobi Governor’s position.
“Because of the arrangement of parties to work together, it comes along with its challenges. And it is due to those challenges that it was agreed that because ODM had been given the presidency, we had to relinquish the Nairobi Governor’s seat for Jubilee,” he said.
Tim further assured the leaders and residents who had gathered at the CDF office grounds that he was firmly in ODM and the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Alliance and supports its two principals– President Uhuru and Odinga in the upcoming general elections.
Wanyonyi announced that he had officially “come back home” to continue serving them for the third and final term, hence on a vote-hunting spree.
“I have returned home and I have said we must sit down together and plan how we are going to move forward,” he said.
The lawmaker appealed for unity during campaigns and urged the residents to support the ODM party and Azimio Coalition.
The MP said that he respects and obeys the counsel of Mr. Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta and that he will support their stand and that he will vigorously campaign for candidates in Nairobi County.
Wanyonyi urged the charged crowd and politicians who participated in the hotly contested party nominations for Westland’s MP seat to calm down as emerging thorny issues are being addressed currently.
The second-term legislator urged his supporters to calm down and accept the decision of the party and throw their weight behind Raila for the presidency in the August race with DP Ruto.
“I know there are those who are very angry about what happened recently but now I want to calm you down and tell you that I accepted the decision of our leaders because I held talks with President Uhuru and the 5th Raila Odinga and they assured me that our journey will continue but I put it on hold for a while,” he explained.
When given time to speak, Mike Gumo, who had majority votes in the ODM primaries for Westlands, said that he and Wanyonyi both suffered but it was a decision from the high echelons.
“Mimi na Tim hatuwezi kosana. My fight is with ODM. Ignore media reports saying otherwise,” Mr. Gumo said
Tim Wanyonyi urged ODM members to revitalize the party and show that Westlands is the home of Orange Democratic Movement.
“I have told baba that he gives me the chance to manage Nairobi affairs. We must start to plan ourselves this early. This will be my very last term as Westlands MP and will hand over to young Turks like Mike Gumo and Alvin Palapala,” Wanyonyi said.