Politics in Kenya is going to be extremely interesting and engrossing over the next couple of years.
Take a recent Kumekucha survey done to determine who would win governor of Nairobi if elections were to be held today.
Ferdinand Waititu: The people's governor?
Fiery stone-throwing MP for Embakasi Ferdinand Waititu would win by a landslide and his closest rival would be Evans Kidero. I still can’t bring myself to believe those results!
This is the kind of news that would greatly alarm those who own Nairobi and would like a polished governor to match the status of the most prestigious city in the region and beyond. Indeed people in places like Dar-es-salaam usually talk about going to Nairobi like they were going to London.
Bureaucrats will be equally alarmed at my survey results because the Nairobi governor will have sweeping powers and a colossal budget to boot and so the post would require somebody who has a quick grasp of numbers so that they can make the right decisions for the city in the sun. Honorable Waititu certainly does not fit the bill.
A former chair-hurling councilor at city hall Waititu is wildly popular at the grassroots and even in slum areas that are outside his Embakasi constituency. He says that he got his “degrees” from India (it is a legal requirement that a candidate for governor possesses a university degree from a recognized institution of higher learning). Still he is the kind of brush and uncouth character who has been caught on TV cameras actually assaulting somebody who was “trying to grab my people’s land.” Indeed this is a man whom the ordinary down and out Kenyans living in slums see as one of their own.
But hate him or like him, he will be the candidate to beat for Nairobi governor.
The view of this blogger is that I hate polished pretenders who are responsible for a lot of the problems facing the country today and nobody (not even me) has the right to oppose the choice of the people. The reality is that the votes that will decide the governor of Nairobi are not in the leafy estates of Westlands and Muthaiga but in the filthy slums of Nairobi.
The way things are going the race for Nairobi governor is going to be even more interesting than that for the presidency. I am looking forward to it because there are plenty of political lessons to be learnt by many naïve readers of this blog and other Kenyans.
P.S. Apparently Evans Kidero has been doing his homework in the grass roots because I was shocked when his name showed up as runner up in my survey for governor of Nairobi. There is no doubt that support from PM Raila Odinga has helped his campaign efforts considerably.
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