April 28th 2017

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Uhuru's attack on Kidero aimed to galvanise Jubilee behind Kenneth

"Despite controlling efficient resources, the county government has not constructed roads nor cleaned up the city. Now, you have seen how an ODM leader can badly lead you, you have seen how ill he has treated those trying to make a living for themselves, this is the time to elect a Jubilee governor.

By Nyambura Muthoninmuthoni@kenyafreepress.comFriday, 10 Feb 2017 12:26 EAT

Uhuru urging residents of Bahati to register as voters yesterday. (Photo: Courtesy/The President's Facebook page).

President Uhuru Kenyatta toured some parts of Nairobi City yesterday to sensitise his supporters to register as voters. He visited Eastlands, Central Business District, Thika Super Highway, Waiyaki Way in Westlands and Dagoretti Corner urging his supporters to ensure none was left behind in the current voter registration drive.

Unexpectedly, the president also delved into Nairobi politcs, censuring Governor Evans Kidero, who perhaps has been his best collaborator from among the opposition politicians over the last four years. "The city government has achieved nothing and all they have been doing is demolishing small businesses’ and houses, also by chasing away boda boda operators instead of implementing the laws. Therefore, nothing has been achieved in this City despite allocating huge amounts of money” the president said.

"Despite that it controls efficient resources, the county government has not constructed roads nor cleaned up the city. Now, you have seen how an ODM leader can badly lead you, you have seen how ill he has treated those trying to make a living for themselves, this is the time to elect a Jubilee governor,” he added.

Speaking mostly in the Kikuyu language, the president asked his supporters to vote out Mr Kidero and elect a Jubilee governor. With him were Deputy President William Ruto, former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth, who is believed to Uhuru's preferred candidate for the Nairobi governorship, as well as former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru, Senator Mike Sonko and Dagoretti MP Dennis Waweru who are also gunning for the seat.

As the race for Nairobi gubernatorial position stiffens, the four Jubilee aspirants excluding Kenneth held a meeting at Nanyuki on Tuesday and Wednesday to plot for their campaigns. Since Mr Kenneth announced his interest in the seat in January, he has received many critics from Jubilee and the opposition alike. Mr Waweru and Mr Sonko, who were the top aspirants before Kenneth joined the race, have been vexed by the move.

Mr Kenneth is being supported by five Jubilee MPs including Maina Kamanda who lately said that those who are fighting Kenneth are afraid of competition. In the Jubilee ranks, it is widely believed that the president supports Kenneth but is reluctant to come out openly for him, lest he triggers dicontentment and claims of tribalism.

Therefore, in the estimation of some experts, a strategy that brings the aspirants' 'performance' into the conversation is a benign and effective way to promote Kenneth's candidature.

Additional reporting by Cecilia Karanja

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