Kenyan singer Kevin Kioko alias Bahati has come out to claim he turned down a Sh50 million to step down from the Mathare parliamentary race.

Bahati made the revelation while speaking during an interview on a local radio station.

He accused his competitors of trying to derail his Mathare parliamentary ambition by sending lucrative offers to step down in their favour.

"People have come with offers they want to pay me to step down. They have offered me millions, up to Sh50 million. It is because someone knows once they get there…they have planned to steal from the people of Mathare. They know that when they get to the office, they will recover the money," Bahati said.

However, Bahati declined to mention the names of the individuals he claimed offered him the Sh50 million to step down even when the interviewing radio presenter pressed him to.

Bahati also said he declined other offers that guaranteed him a good job with lucrative perks, including a bodyguard all for the people of Mathare.

He said he was not in search of a job because he has other ways to earn a living but was focused on the salvation of the people of Mathare.

“Let me tell you. Right now I would have been at work and maybe I would be having a bodyguard with me. You heard Shebesh saying they have pleaded with this kid more than three times that we give him a job but I said I was not looking for a job, I was looking for salvation of the people of Mathare,” Bahati said.

Bahati said he would not regret turning down those offers because he was sure Mathare people have decided and there was no way he was losing in the election.

The musician-cum-politician is currently at loggerheads with officials of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition who would like him to step down from the Mathare MP race in favour of the incumbent MP Anthony Oluoch.

ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna during a joint ODM-Jubilee delegates meeting on Monday said that the coalition prefers Aluoch to run for the Mathare parliamentary seat.

Youth And Gender Affairs CAS Rachel Shebesh also appealed to Bahati to shelve his political ambition at the moment.