Imran Okoth, the man set to battle it out for Kibra parliamentary seat on an ODM ticket has opened up on why he decided to join the race.

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Speaking during Radio Citizen's Jambo Kenya show on Wednesday, Okoth who is the elder brother of the late Ken Okoth revealed that his ambitions were triggered after a public demand from the Kibra residents.

According to him, he was not so much interested to fill the gap but after intervention from the residents, he declared his bid.

''When my late brother Ken Okoth died, I was not interested to lead the people of Kibra but as we were touring Kibra after Ken Okoth's burial, the residents of Kibra insisted that I should continue leading from where my brother had stopped.

(Ndugu yangu marehemu Ken Okoth alipotuacha, sikuwa na hamu ya kuongoza wanaKibra, lakini tulipokuwatunazuru Kibra baada ya kumzika marehemu Ken Okoth,wakaazi wa Kibra wakasisitiza kuwa wanataka niendelee na uongozi kutoka alipoacha ndugu yangu),'' said Imran.

He has further cleared the air after reports went round that he was being fronted by ODM communication director Philip Etale.

''I was not connected by Etale Philip,i won the nominations without bribing. We have never talked face to face with Etale Philip (Sikuunganishwa na @EtalePhilip , hizi nominations nilipata bila kuhonga hata shilingi. Kusemaukweli, sijawahi kuongea moja kwa moja na @EtalePhilip),'' added Imran. 

Imran triumphed the other nine ODM aspirants during the primaries and he was awarded the ODM certificate on Tuesday, thereafter cleared by IEBC to contest for the seat.

His campaign trail will be headed by Junet Mohammed.