Igathe eyes Nairobi gubernatorial seat, KOT reacts
Polycarp Igathe is making a comeback on the political scene, a move that has left Kenyans on Twitter with much to say.
Igathe announced he will be vying for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat in August 2022.
Having formerly served as Nairobi Deputy governor during Mike Sonko’s reign, Igathe told the media interview he will be contesting the seat on a Jubilee ticket.
“I’m not anyone’s project. I am the people’s project,” he said.
Igathe will likely be deputized by Tim Wanyonyi.
His announcement was supported by Solomon Kuria on Twitter, which claimed Igathe has the best brains to lead the country’s capital.
The president is serious with NAIROBI! The county should lead by example by agreeing to be led by the best brains.
Nairobi should no longer get into the hands of POPULISTS, swindlers and low IQs. No more Sonko (s).
Polycarp Igathe is a sure bet.
All the best mûndû Wa Nyûmba pic.twitter.com/6Jqx2XOdWK
— Solomon Kuria (@kuriasolomonK) April 19, 2022
Another user suggested Raila Odinga had, by supporting Igathe, let down Wanyonyi who’d also announced his candidature.
Tim Wanyonyi had given Nairobi so much hope. For once, we said, "Baba will support the best". Then came Igathe, the gambler! Raila thinks he has betrayed Tim but he has shot himself in the foot. Proves that Raila is remote-controlled & that he has a soft heart for mediocrity.
— Juma G 🇰🇪 (@jumaf3) April 20, 2022
Despite him denying it, some Kenyans still believe Igathe has been fronted by some powerful people in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government.
Won't lie bro. I don't know what Polycarp Igathe is made of, but I want to be like that. That guy could come to your wedding as a guest and the Deep State finds a way of making him the bridegroom, and you, the best man. How do we be like him?
— Cornel✠ (@KoneMoheavy) April 19, 2022
Igathe On the other hand believes in democracy and contestants seeking the Jubilee Party ticket, have a democratic right to run and seek election#IgatheForNairobi
Nairobi MSMEs for Polycarp. pic.twitter.com/UMWc9UAO5U
— Boniface (@kilundeezy) April 20, 2022
Who does Polycarp Igathe represents? Whose interests does he serve? He was imposed of Mike Sonko. Mission failed. He quit. NMS was brought in. Now, Igathe has been brought back. Someone is trying to extend NMS stay. The two are not mutually exclusive. They serve same interests
— Ndung'u Wainaina (@NdunguWainaina) April 19, 2022
Another one felt Nairobi is safe with Polycarp Igathe as he has demonstrated that integrity is more important than a position of power.
Nairobi is safe with Polycarp Igathe. Here is a man who demonstrated that integrity is more important than position of power, and resigned from the scandalous Mike Sonko administration.
— Councillor Njohi (@CouncillorNjohi) April 12, 2022
Igathe’s previous reign as Nairobi Deputy governor ended after he announced his sudden resignation following a fallout with Sonko.
Other candidates eyeing the Nairobi gubernatorial seat are Richard Ngatia and Johnson Sakaja.