Kenyan musician Kevin Bahati has hinted at running for a governor’s seat in 2027 after his failed attempt in the parliamentary contest.
Bahati, who was speaking to Zetech University students, declared that he would pursue a degree there in readiness for the next elections.
Though the “Adhiambo” hitmaker hasn’t stated clearly which county he wants to run in, there are rumors that the young artist is planning to challenge Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja in 2027.
“Nilianguka MP lakini juu na simama governor nakuja hapa kufanya degree!Mnataka nikuje Zetech? Wangapi mnataka nikuje Zetech?”
(I failed in my contest for an MP seat but I will vie for the governor’s post and I will come here to pursue my degree. How many of you want me to come to Zetech?),” he stated.
Misfortunes in 2022 elections
Bahati’s political career began in 2022.
The musician lost the Mathare MP in the August 2022 election where he vied under a Jubilee ticket.
In the fiercely contested battle, he finished a distant third behind Billian Ojiwa of the United Democratic Alliance and incumbent MP Anthony Oluoch of Orange Democratic Movement.
During a press conference, the father of five accused Azimio of favoring his competitor Anthony Oluoch.
Bahati persevered in the face of the challenges and made it all the way to the polls, finishing third with 8,166 votes.
UDA’s Ojiwa came second with 16,912 votes while the sitting MP Oluoch garnered 28,098 votes.
Bahati shifts to Ruto’s camp
Following the August elections, Bahati left the Jubilee party and joined President William Ruto’s UDA.
He apologized to the President and said he knew why the President was disappointed in him.
In a previous post, the singer appreciated his wife for holding fort at home when he dived into the political scene in 2022 and went for the Mathare MP seat under a Jubilee ticket.
“When I announced that I was vying, that is when she told me she was expecting. She stood in the gap as a father, she took care of everything. That is why I thought I should celebrate her before she thought of celebrating me.”