• Netizens were not convinced some dragged Bahati saying, "If the elections were judged on online popularity and views, he would be announced the winner early in the morning, but it is not."

• Bahati explained, "It's time to change my home, it is time to change my background and where I come from…that is why I am vying as Member of Parliament for Mathare constituency under the Jubilee ticket."

Bahati announced bid to run for Mathare MP
Bahati announced bid to run for Mathare MP

News that singer Bahati - real name Kevin Kioko - is set to vie for Mathare MP seat on Jubilee party ticket, caused various reactions online.

Making the announcement at Jubilee Party's Headquarters, Bahati said, "Mimi Mtoto Wa Mathare... I am a proud member of the Jubilee Party and the Azimio Movement. I am accepting the calling to vie for this seat."

He continued, “Our biggest challenge as people from Mathare is that we have never received a leader who was born and raised in Mathare. We have been electing leaders but its time for Mathare to get a son who was born and raised In Mathare and understand the people."

The musician now turned politician explained that he has been getting calls from Mathare residents urging him to rise to the challenge.

We have been crying over and over again because of the same issues and you know if you rely on a visitor to lead you, they don’t know the struggles you go through,” Bahati noted.

Netizens were not convinced some dragged him saying, "If the elections were judged on online popularity and views, he would be announced the winner early in the morning, but it is not."

However, in his defence, Bahati has run a number of successful community outreach programmes in Mathare seeing as he was an orphan housed in one of the children's homes in the constituency.

He explained, "It's time to change my home, it is time to change my background and where I come from…that is why I am vying as Member of Parliament for Mathare constituency under the Jubilee ticket."

The Mama hitmaker will still have to prove his mettle among the big boy and girls in the race.

Here are hilarious reactions by various netizens to his candidacy.

supeyobenson: Youre calling it a calling ndio wakupigie kura? hahaha dont waste your time brother,najua unataka kusema mungu amekutuma.

_law_____: 😂😂😂 Na sisi Tuna sema si followers wana vote.

sherrylmakhs: 😂😂😂😂😂 Si kwa ubad lakini this is a joke. Kuna difference ya social media na reality, kwa ground vitu ni different, mtoto wa mama atalia kila siku.

imeru_wambui: What are the educational qualifications to become an MP. Someone enlighten me.

mercybrian27: Too much freedoms in this country.

da_alfred: How will such a person discuss serious bills in Parliament na haya matuta? 

shiku854: Winning team🙌

designed_4_men: But Ile pressure Iko online

rastargal: Ingekuwa mi ni wa mathare ningekupea yangu 

waweru_c: The hospital or the constituency?

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