Evans Kidero says opponents have nothing to offer Nairobi residents

Sunday March 19 2017

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By COLLINS OMULO
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Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has hit out at his Nairobi governorship seat opponents, calling them 'hypocrites' who do not have the interests of Nairobi residents at heart.

Speaking after a church service at St Peter’s ACK Church in Embakasi East Constituency, on Sunday, Dr Kidero singled out the former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth, saying that he was in the governorship race to serve his selfish political interests.

“If they claim that they live and love Nairobi, why did they go to be members of parliament in a rural constituency and not here in Nairobi?” said Kidero.

Dr Kidero also accused the former presidential candidate of being behind woes that have bedevilled Nairobi County. He said Mr Kenneth had taken the county to court court besides frustrating it in revenue allocation.

He alleged that Mr Kenneth was part of the team that designed and executed the revenue sharing formula that has disadvantaged the county.

REVENUE SHARING FORMULA

“The revenue sharing formula was designed and executed by the Ministry of Planning. The same people who want to be governor of Nairobi designed the formula. Why are they coming into the way of development?” he said.

He added that the county was only allocated a per capita of Sh3,000 per head way below the national figure which is at Sh7,500 per person.

“The per capita allocation of the Sh300 billion work out to be Sh7, 500 per head per Kenyan but Nairobi’s allocation is only Sh3,000 per head. Why did they disadvantage Nairobi and yet they want to come to cheat Nairobians that they love them,” added Kidero.

The governor also took issue with the narrative that his opponents have advanced that Nairobi County is full of garbage. The governor illustrated how he has dealt with the menace since he assumed office and the plans to put up an investment worth Sh27 billion to sort out the garbage issue and generate 60 megawatts of electricity.

GARBAGE COLLLECTION

“There are some people who want to be Nairobi governor and wherever they go, they say Nairobi is dirty. When I got in (office) we were collecting 3,000 tons of garbage now we are only collecting 2, 400 tons,” said the governor.

He condemned Saturday’s attack on Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho in Mpeketoni, Lamu County, alleging that the incident was sponsored by National Super Alliance (Nasa) opponents.

“We live in a free society and the Constitution offers us freedom of association and movement and anybody can go anywhere. I want to condemn what happened to Joho in Mpeketoni because we know it was sponsored,” he said.

Dr Kidero said that Nasa will remain united.

“Unity in Nasa is key and we would like to tell those who are wishing and praying that it disintegrates, that it will not. I can assure you that Kalonzo Musyoka is a man of integrity and if he wants to do something he will do it in a proper manner,” he said.