Makongeni MCA Declares His Interest For Nairobi Gubernatorial Race
By Allan Otieno
Makongeni MCA Peter Anyule Imwatok is the latest politician to enter in Nairobi gubernatorial race with 16 months left to general elections.
Imwatok who started as a watchman is now firebrand politician moneyed in equal capacity.
He first vied as Makongeni councillor in 2007 but was beaten at the ODM party primaries.
In 2013 he gave it another stab winning but after tight battle that saw him part ways with ODM chairman Nairobi branch George Aladwa.
“They first denied me ODM ticket after winning, same thing they did in 2007. This time round we squared it man to man with Aladwa, we went for that certificate at Aladwa’s home in Buruburu,” Imwatok recalled.
He was re-elected as an MCA in 2017 beating other aspirants with a bigger margin.
After 2017 elections Imwatok took former Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko head-on criticising every move the governor made.
He did this without fear becoming Sonko’s most feared critic thus elevating him to higher political stature in the city.
Last year he sponsored first Sonko’s impeachment motion but before it was tabled President Uhuru Kenyatta intervened and then City boss survived.
Imwatok has now grown from minority whip to Raila’s point man and think tank at the Nairobi County Assembly.
“I have done a lot for this county it is now time to dream big and think big I will be on the ballot 2022,” he added.
Imwatok now joins Johnson Sakaja, Dennis Waweru, Bishop Margret Wanjiru, Philip Kisia in the tight Nairobi race.