Polycarp Igathe, Senator Mike Sonko’s running mate in the Nairobi gubernatorial race urged the business community to support their bid saying it represents a reform agenda for the city.
Speaking on Saturday (20/05/17), Mr Igathe noted that they would focus on delivering a clean and secure county where businesses would thrive.
“What we’re a looking for in Nairobi is geometric progression not arithmetic progression. We’re looking for a real deep change not only of the hardware but also the software. One cannot change the city by trying to recycle somebody who was here before or ideas that were in the past,” he said.
Igathe indicated he was a firm believer in the values that the Jubilee Party represents lauding President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto, for creating an environment that stood for progress and economic transformation.
“I am very proud to serve in the party of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto. These two individuals took a massive risk in abandoning their horses to come to a national horse and ride it together. Who am I to stay outside? I want to join the horse,” Igathe stated.
According to Mr Sonko, Igathe was the right man for the job because of the vast experience he possesses in the business world.
He made the announcement on Tuesday after head-hunting the experienced businessman as he strategises to put up a strong team to beat Kidero.
Before his term at Vivo Energy, Igathe worked at consumer goods firm Haco Industries as its regional MD for East Africa.
He served as the chairman of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers until 2014 when Pradeep Paunrana, the current CEO of Athi River Mining took over.
Igathe also had a stint at Coca-Cola – where he worked until 2000 – before joining internet service provider AfricaOnline and later Kenya Breweries Limited.