The Jubilee Party gubernatorial nominee for Nairobi, Senator Mike Sonko formally unveiled Vivo Energy Chief Executive Officer Polycarp Igathe as his running mate for the August 8 election.
In his acceptance speech on Wednesday (17/05/17), Mr Igathe pledged to work closely with the Senator to deliver on a manifesto that would be unveiled soon.
“Our mission is simple: to make Nairobi clean and bright, safe and secure, liable and hospitable and make Nairobi the true gateway and door to our great motherland,” Igathe stated.
“I represent all small, medium and big business interests who know this city accounts for 60 per cent of the country’s the Gross Domestic Product. It cannot be left to people who have no clue,” he added.
According to Mr Sonko, Igathe was the right man for the job because of the vast experience he possesses in the business world.
“In order to ensure, policy, development and political affairs of the county are run effectively and efficiently, I have brought on board a technocrat who will work alongside other county professionals to deliver on our mandate,” Sonko indicated.
“After weeks of consultations, the man who will deputize me at City Hall is Polycarp Igathe,” he declared.
He made the announcement on Tuesday after head-hunting the experienced businessman as he strategises to put up a strong team to beat Kidero.
Sonko had on several occasions asked his social media fans to help him select a running mate, posting pictures of Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, Denis Waweru, Millicent Omanga, John Gakuo, Janet Ouko, Jimna Mbaru, Raymond Matiba, Prof. James Ole Kiyapi and Polycarp Igathe.
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.