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Is Kidero quitting ODM for KANU?

The impeachment of corrupt anti-system governors Ferdinand Waititu of Kiambu and Mike Sonko of Nairobi coupled with the handshake politics, have changed the landscape of gubernatorial politics in Kenya.

Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero will not contest in a possible by-election to fill the top seat of Nairobi county that fell vacant after Sonko was impeached by the senate last week.

Kidero, now a former member and former financier of the ODM Party has shifted his gubernatorial ambitions to his home county of Homa Bay where he commands some small respect because he is filthy rich and corrupt like Kikuyus.

That’s the Homa bay vibe on the man who looted Nairobi County after grounding Mumias Sugar Company.

Kidero considered the bold move to walk out of Raila’s meaningless roof after he realized that the ODM leader who is in a handshake contract with Jubilee, had agreed to back a Kikuyu candidate to fill the seat left vacant after Sonko was kicked out.

He can’t go for anything less than a governor, so he has ditched Raila Odinga and his ODM Part too. He will now vie to become the next governor of Homa Bay county on a KANU party ticket.

The Homa Bay seat is expected to remain vacant in 2022 when the term of the incumbent Cyprian Awiti will expire.

ODM party diehards including party chairman John Mbadi and Woman Representative Gladys Wanga are also eyeing the seat.

The corrupt former governor thought it wise to ditch the disloyal Raila and back Senator Gideon Moi who is also handshake friendly and core member of the system.

Corrupt governors are making this sorry move to insulate themselves from anti-graft authorities who are on their necks.

Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has also ditched DP William Ruto for Gideon Moi.

Waititu was lured to join the powerful son of the former late President Daniel Moi by a Kanu party official George Wainaina who looted with Kidero at the city hall.

Both Kidero and Waititu are corrupt individuals who spend their days and nights in courts therefore backing an inner member of the system will help them can scare anti-graft officials away and afford them some sleeping and looting time.

Corrupt former governors Evans Kidero (r) and Ferdinand Waititu [p/courtesy]

Raila’s move to back a Kikuyu candidate for the city’s top job is part of a massage service to his backing down on an initial plan in which BBI had suggested a shift from the current situation where some functions of Nairobi county are transferred to the executive.

The scheming Kikuyu community argued that they will be left with a shell of the rich city come 2022, so having the city will put them in a prime position since they will lose the presidency.

Raila who is desperate for the Mt Kenya support to be the next president of Kenya is giving in to all their demands.

Central Kenya also want their regional kingpins appointed in powerful cabinet positions including finance and infrastructure dockets.

But Kidero was a stranger in politics prior to 2013 when he only featured in cooperate frauds. He sailed through with Raila’s influence to become the first governor of Nairobi but lost to Sonko in 2017, since then his relationship with Odinga’s party has increasingly deteriorated.

Infact he financed ODM for influence meaning he stands no chance in Nairobi without a Raila or ODM support.

If anything, Kidero made it to ODM list of moles when he featured in the Kalausi grouping that was plotting to oppose Odinga in South Nyanza.

The tainted billionaire who is part of the pioneer governors who devolved corruption to the grass roots is also subject to the current political schemes on alliances occasioned by the over 4 million signatures that were recently collected in support of the BBI report.

Top leaders are restless over schemes to distribute seats in the BBI’s expanded executive with top aspirants in the coming 2022 presidential elections shaping their teams with former presidential aspirants, governors, senators and influential civil service officials.

DP William Ruto who will go for presidency has lined up former Kiambu governor William Kabogo, Makueni governor Kivutha Kibwana, Kwale governor Salim Mvurya, ex CS Mwangi Kiunjuri.

The hustlers’ team also includes Charles Nyachae, Tharaka Nithi senator Kithure Kindiki and Garissa Town MP Adan Duale.

Ruto is also courting Mudavadi for a power-sharing deals. The confused ANC leader is also in talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta and Gideon Moi over the same.

The DP is at the same time wooing Mt Kenya politicians who are not comfortable with the former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth becoming the next region’s kingpin. PK is engaged in power sharing talks with Odinga.

His move has prompted the former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo to move too close to joining the DP’s camp with reports that Martha Karua is also swallowing pride to follow suit and counter Anne Waiguru.

Politicians who are desperate to hang around the handshake/system are trooping to Senator Gideon who only enjoys a big Moi name with inconsiderable political support.

The Baringo senator’ party is becoming the safe haven for politicians like Kidero and Waititu, bitter political rivals who faced off in Nairobi in 2013 as Moi struggles to up his bargaining base with ODM that views him as a possible running mate.

He has now succeeded in poaching two cons from Ruto and Raila who must face off in 2022.

 

 

 

 

 


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