The race for Nairobi Governor promises to generate immense political heat, what with campaigns already having started as there appears to be more to the menu than meets the eye.
However, as it would seem, there is far too much to be accomplished by the contestants as those who have declared their interest to oust Evans Kidero have a daunting task to accomplish.
The entry of Peter Kenneth has changed the political matrix in city politics with several political wings going to their drawing tables to re-energise and realign themselves following his entry in Nairobi Governor race.
Nairobi politics is bound to change once again but while Kidero has significantly made it clear that he will defend his seat on ODM where there is no other aspirant challenging him, it will be a revival of the past in the quest for leadership between Wiper and Ford Kenya to get their elective areas secured.
If Nasa which brings together Luhya,Luo,Kamba and Kisii blocs, Kidero has a headstart. It is on these grounds, all machinaries are being put in place by Jubilee schemers to block his candidature. Ethics Anti-Corruption Commission has set eyes on a number of governors. However we have established, security reports have warned if EACC go ahead to block opposition leaning and Jubilee governors, the possibility of chaos erupting ahead of August polls cannot be ruled out.
PK has declared political war on the monied Kidero for Nairobi Governor
But as Kenneth enters the Nairobi Governor race, political analysts aver that the incumbent has the ground in his armpit. Kenneth’s move is expected to stir more competition in Jubilee, bearing in mind that Nairobi senator Mike Sonko has also declared interest to unseat Kidero.
They say whilst Kidero is accessible, visits slums to meet his target solely and listens to his subjects, PK is the opposite and that as Kidero team is not managed by his tribesmen, Kenneth is surrounded by people who cannot be trusted and that he needs to change on that dimension. He is surrounded by his own tribesmen and hardly picks calls, it is said.
Kenneth should improve on his public relations and engage every one one board. Kidero respects both formal and informal members of society, understands the role of matatu welfare organisations, youth and women. He seems to have taken time to understand the politics and people of Nairobi.
Kidero on his part has since welcomed his competitors and promised them that it will not be a walk in the park as the incumbent has put all mechanisms in place.
Dagoretti MP Dennis Waweru and his nominated counterpart John Sakajja are among those eyeing the same Jubilee ticket. Others who have expressed their interests are Water cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa, Margaret Wanjiru, the former Starehe MP and Miguna Miguna who have also thrown entered the race.
Analysts say as Jubilee focuses on picking a gubernatorial candidate, it has to tie up loose ends in his campaign strategy.
Already, Ahmednassir Abdullahi, says Kidero will be re-elected. Barrack Muluka portrays Kenneth as the most suitable contender in the Nairobi gubernatorial race.
It is said, those pushing for the Jubilee ticket to go to a Kikuyu candidate for the governor’s seat in Nairobi work well for Kidero.
Ahmednassir says he is convinced that Kidero would be reelected for a second term. “I have no doubt that Kidero will win…and there is no doubt that he will be the next governor of Nairobi,” he said.
According to Ahmednassir, Kidero’s stakes are supported by heavy financial muscle and the right tribal combination under the Nasa umbrella.
Kidero has had many challenges in his first term, with several accusations on his performance record regarding development and service delivery. Nevertheless, he is truly sailing pretty in the Nasa alliance where so far, he has no opponent five months into the elections.
On the other hand, Jubilee faces the headache of picking a favourable candidate from a pack of five party aspirants who are jostling for the ticket.
Senator Sonko, Dagoretti MP Denis Waweru, Wanjiru and nominated MP Sakaja, all campaining under the slogan ‘Team Nairobi’ are jointly fighting for Jubilee ticket. However, they also aim to lock out Kenneth who equally seeks to win the party ticket.
To bring on other vote blocks, Kidero has held closed door meeting with leaders of Eastleigh Business Community in his office at City Hall mainly of Somalis.
Kidero has brought on his side the Akorino sect members and members of influential Embakasi Ranching Society.