Election in Kenya is becoming very sweet each and every day as politicians continue wrestling with each other ideologically to woo for votes. Sweet manifestos, a lot of promises and supports have been exchanged all over from the incumbents to the aspirants. The common mwananchi this time has opened their eyes widely and politicians have to scratch their heads more, so as to get voters motivated for their favor.
Nairobi politics seems to be taking a new direction with new faces entering the political arena after a bruising battle for the Jubilee Party ticket. Kenya’s capital is gearing for the most fiercely fought gubernatorial election since the introduction of devolved units in the 2010 Constitution.
The Jubilee Party has not been happy that it is in power and yet NASA, through Governor Dr Evans Kidero, is running the capital city, the hub Centre of Kenya’s economy, accounting for more than 12.7 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product and about 43% of the total urban wage employment. Those conversant with Nairobi politics say that the leading property owners of which the highest number is from Murang’a and Kiambu are lobbying Jubilee to ensure they recapture control of the city.
Before the primaries that were concluded on April that has totally changed Nairobi politics, you will have to agree with me that the capital city’s politics are taking a new direction with new faces entering the political arena. A number of incumbents and allies of President Uhuru Kenyatta and political bigwigs lost the nominations, something that none among the politicians would have ever thought of.
Let me direct my story on the gubernatorial race. Some months ago, a number of politicians had interest with Nairobi. Among them were Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru, Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko, Current governor Evans Kidero, former MP Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, and the former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth. To be honest, all of the above fits in this docket, only that one of them will make it to be the Nairobi governor. After the nominations, Dennis, Wanjiru and Kenneth lost thus making Sonko the winner to compete against Kidero. This is a call for the aspirant to pull on their socks a little bit higher and furnish their manifestos so to be more appetizing to the voters.
Each aspirant has his/her own supportive team that are working day and night to woo voters.
The jubilee team has Nairobi Senator, Mike Mbuvi Sonko contesting against the NASA aspirant, who is also the current Nairobi governor, Dr. Evans Kidero. The former Gatanga MP, Mr. Peter Kenneth is vying as an independent candidate.
The battle seems to be coming tough as we approach the general election on August 8th to the remaining aspirant, key of them being Kidero, Sonko and Kenneth. Of course some blames have been the game each day. Peter Kenneth has been saying, “Sonko knows he can’t run this city, which is why he has acquired a new image – donning suits every day. He may have a new suit every day but his brains and thinking remain the same. Even with new suits, Sonko has not changed; he is merely hiding behind those suits.”
Mike Sonko on his side had once said that he will never work with Kenneth citing that he betrayed them in the previous general election- 2013. But of late, it is like he has changed the tune and has said, “There is no permanent enmity in politics, we need to forgive each other and work together. There are so many slots in Nairobi and we can even negotiate for him a Cabinet position,” Adding that, He added: “I have no hard feelings, let us unite and take Nairobi to the next level.”
President Uhuru has urged Nairobians to send the governor packing and replace him with a ruling party candidate in the August 8 General Election.
Deputy President has said “This time round, the County government of Nairobi must be a Jubilee government because our rivals have failed,” adding, “You have tried the ODM government and it has done nothing, despite having so much allocation every year, it is time you vote for Jubilee to head the Nairobi county government so that you can see and feel real change,”
The former prime minister, who is also NASA principal had said “The national government must allow county governments to work. Kidero was elected on an ODM ticket and we are here to support him to deliver to the city residents,” Saying that the governor and his deputy, Jonathan Mueke, must ensure proper service delivery to the highest standards in the capital city and if achieved, will build the reputation of CORD’s ability to deliver to Kenyans.
A great supporter of Senator Mike Sonko has said, “Mike sonko is academically challenged. He is morally challenged.
Yet in his weaknesses he has consistently been a voice to the voiceless. He’s been a unifying factor in the county. MIKE SONKO is my all-time favorite. Long before campaign seasons, I’ve seen him running to the rescue of widows fighting land grabbers. I have seen Sonko help homeless fire victims in slums. If he can deliver on the basics, he also can make a difference with the bigger things. The heart is willing. It’s all that matters.”
“Dr. Kidero has impeccable management skills which I think is essential in managing a metropolitan area like Nairobi.
His ability to wear a suit in the morning and have a business meeting and then have a rugged look in the afternoon with the youth in Nairobi is what I think sets him apart from his competitors Mike Sonko obviously resonates more with the youth and so as a Kidero supporter, I hope he will use his academic superiority to clinch the seat once again” Kidero’s supporter.
At the end of the day, Nairobi needs a leader, a manifesto oriented as opposed to political party products. Someone to who is ready to improve the standard of the city without being bias or segregative. Nairobi will remain to be the only capital city of Kenya, and a hub for many business opportunities for both local and international business oriented.
Mr Miguna Miguna is another independent candidate who has a great vision for Nairobi.
He has a plan for Nairobi. His elaborate manifesto, if implemented, should take Nairobi to the next level. Maybe Nairobians should give him a chance, and see what he can deliver. Miguna is strong, focused and determined to change Nairobi to be more than it is.
I am therefore urging all Nairobians to come out in big numbers on August 8th 2017 and vote wisely. They should not waste their votes, but instead should study the weather of the day and vote for the best leader. All we need is total peace and prosperity.
Leadership yes comes from the Lord, but He will not be voting. It is our duty to vote in/out our desired leaders for development and accountability. Do not vote for someone because he is your friend, relative or age mate, neither should you vote him because he once gave you some money; if he do not have qualities of leadership let them go.
“Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers.” Robin S. Sharma