Hours after his near fistfight moment with fellow Nairobi gubernatorial seat hopeful Margaret Wanjiru, Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has broken his silence over the incident that threatened to stop a joint United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and Amani National Congress (ANC) rally in Nairobi’s Westlands.
Speaking after a video that captured the ugly scene went viral, Sakaja has fired shots at Bishop Wanjiru claiming that she should have stayed quiet instead of trying to spark an unnecessary altercation.
Through a press statement on 1st February 2022, the legislator who recently decamped from President Uhuru’s Jubilee Party maintained that all members of the newly-formed Kenya Kwanza Alliance deserve to be accorded an equal opportunity to speak regardless of their party.
“As Kenya Kwanza, we should give every person in our team the chance to speak.
When you are annoyed with the music playing on the radio, you do not destroy the electronic, you change the station
If you do not like what a person is saying, just be quiet,” said Sakaja.
A clip that had earlier circulated on social media showed Wanjiru, clad in UDA colours, angrily pointing at Sakaja, while muttering angry words.
“I deserve respect, we are both leaders here in Nairobi,” Wanjiru demanded amid jeers from the crowd.
Johnson Sakaja and Margaret Wanjiru take on each other during a charged campaign rally pic.twitter.com/AWVfJcH5LZ
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The coming together of the ANC, Ford Kenya and UDA parties now sets the two leaders who are angling for the Nairobi top seat on a collision course, with the polls some 7 months away.
Sakaja and Wanjiru are among several politicians who have expressed interest in unseating the incumbent Governor Anne Kananu.
Others are incumbent governor Anne Kananu, Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi, Makadara MP George Aladwa, former Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru, businesswoman Agnes Kagure and KEMSA millionaire Richard Ngatia.