Being one of the most resourceful counties, Nairobi City will always attract big names for its top leadership.
The 2013 race had two key major players, ODM’s Evans Kidero & TNA’s Waititu alias babayao. The election was allegedly characterized by massive voter bribery and rigging, with Kidero emerging with the long end of the stick of the battle that ended up at the Supreme Court. Politically, that cited almost equal forces between the then two major parties in the City.
In 2017, the game is a bit heated up.
Few days after the Jubilee’s aspirants meeting convened by DP Ruto at Kasarani, the 2013 presidential race candidate Peter Kenneth formally announced his candidature for the Nairobi’s governor’s seat, a move that has since elicited tension in Jubilee’s party that’s working to grab the City’s seat from Dr Kidero.
The announcement sets the stage for a bruising battle for the city’s Jubilee ticket for the August 8 elections.
Mr Kenneth said he was ready to face his opponents for the ticket that has also attracted Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru, Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko, nominated MP Johnson Sakaja and former Starehe lawmaker Margaret Wanjiru.
Speaking on last Sunday at Jesus Winner Church in Roysambu, Nairobi, Kenneth asked Nairobi residents to vote for him, describing himself as a ‘manager’ capable of tackling some of the city’s runaway problems such as uncollected garbage, unending traffic snarl-ups and poor service delivery.
“It is now very clear and I have made it absolutely clear that I’m running for the position of governor in Nairobi. Nairobi with its diversity requires a manager. Services can only be provided by a manager with a proven track record. I can assure you that if Nairobi is seriously looking for a good manager, you don’t need to look anywhere else,” Kenneth told the congregation at Jesus Winner Ministry, Nairobi.
It’s rumoured that Jubilee may prefer PK over other aspirants, and have Mike Sonko defend his seat, nominated MP Sakaja head the Jubilee Secretariat whose top mandate is to work on Uhuru’s reelection. Former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru may be lured with a CS post in the next government, that’s, if Jubilee wins that’s not a guarantee.
However, with the alarming rate at which Kenyans in all sectors of the economy are losing confidence with the Jubilee government, it requires a strong Jubilee candidate to unseat the ODM’s resourceful, political maestro and City tycoon DR EVANS ODHIAMBO KIDERO!
This begs the question, who’ll be Jubilee’s candidate for the city boss seat in the coming general election?
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