Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko revealed the reason he settled on Vivo Energy’s managing director Polycarp Igathe, his running mate ahead of the August election.
The flamboyant Senator, who is ready to battle it out with the incumbent, Dr Evans Kidero, indicated that he was happy to work with Mr Igathe, adding that their names would be forwarded to Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
“I know Igathe’s qualifications and experience and I think I can work with him smoothly. I know I had agreements with my fellow “Team Nairobi” members but I think it’s now time to listen to the people and the President who have all rejected a politician to be my running mate,” Sonko revealed on Tuesday (16/05/17).
He made the announcement 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.
Bishop Margaret Wanjiru wanted Mike Sonko to name her running mate after losing to him in the Jubilee Nairobi primaries.
“I want to categorically state that we had an MoU with Mike Sonko that whoever wins the nominations would pick the other as running mate. This is a deal he has no otherwise but to honour,” the Bishop stated.
She said if the Senator failed to honour the agreement she would run for the governor seat as an independent candidate.