Opinion / Commentaries
Wednesday, 05 Oct 2016 22:04 EAT
When Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero saw that his Mombasa counterpart Ali Hassan Joho had taken up leadership of the ODM presidential campaign, he must have felt peer envy. In an attempt to bait ODM supporters he quickly joined in and it was not long before he made an unsolicited declaration that he "would bankroll Raila Odinga presidential campaign".
Now the pressure of an impeachment motion has Kidero completely smitten and weak in the knees in front of President Kenyatta. It does not bother us at all! We are telling Governor Kidero in broad daylight - We are not fools. Neither are we dumb. Keep your blood money to yourself.
We have not forgotten that Kidero continues to sponsor Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang'ula's untenable presidential run, for no other reason than to frustrate unity in CORD. His sponsorship of Wetangula led to Raila Odinga skipping a rally in Kakamega because Kidero's money was used to cause mayhem and was probably calculated to physically injure the ODM party leader.
It's a poorly kept secret that Kidero is also openly sponsoring a prominent blogger to persistently denigrate and undermine the ODM party leader and to a very bad extent insult one of the ODM first daughters.
This same Kidero is lending financial support to Wiper to build their capacity to undermine both the ODM party leader in Nairobi as well as his deputy party leader in Mombasa, both of whom he wants weakened politically as he prepares his political future as ODM kingpin.
A newspaper in which Kidero has an interest also regularly publishes sleazy, distasteful and unfounded propaganda against ODM and its leadership, including handing unfettered access by Jubilee principals to the paper's editorial decisions on what to publish and not to publish. It is a well calculated strategy to ensure his individual success but orchestrate the failure of Raila Odinga.
Team Kidero gains when Raila is in the opposition. We are telling billionaire Kidero that he is a political minion who Raila Odinga can consign to political oblivion at the snap of his fingers. Kidero's comments against Raila Odinga remain inconsequential. Raila Odinga is running for president in 2017 and will win.
The writer is an ODM activist and blogger.