By Simiyu Simiyu
As the organisers sent invitations to all the six gubernatorial aspirants for Nairobi City County that was held today Thursday 29, June 2017, little did they know that Senator Mike Sinko would skip the highly publicised debate.
The debate, which was organised by the Kenya Alliance of Residents Association in partnership with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, was held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Nairobi.
Present were incumbent Governor Dr Evans Kidero, Laywer Miguna Miguna, Mr Godfrey Wanyoike and Michael Mutinda.
However, Hon Mike Sonko, who is also vying for the prestigious seat on a Jubilee ticket skipped the event and instead sent his running mate Polycarp Igathe who was rejected by the organisers.
Sonko did not give reason for his absence despite being given an invitation two weeks ago.
Another aspirant, Peter Kenneth, too skipped the debate that saw the aspirants square out their agenda for the city.
Having attended such an event four years ago but as a presidential candidate, it was expected that the former Gatanga MP would easily attend the event. He gave no explanation for his skip.
Their duo’s absence did not stop the event. Aspirants tabled their ideas ranging from the transport sector, water and sanitation, dealing with corruption and infrastructure.
The three-hour debate was the first ever gubernatorial debate to be held and televised live in Kenya.
Kenyans took to twitter to express their reactions for the duo’s absence at the hall, with others suggesting that the outgoing Senator did not have the intellectual capacity to engage with the “brained” opponents.
Efforts by this publication to reach Sonko and Kenneth for comments were unfruitful.
The general elections will be held in August 8, 2017.