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Governor Evans Kidero extends his campaigns beyond Nairobi

By Stanley Ongwae | January 23rd 2017
Nairobi governor Dr Evans Kidero (Left) with CORD leader Raila Odinga during ODM aspirants meeting at Nyayo national indoor arena stadium on 17/January/2017. PHOTO: EDWARD KIPLIMO/STANDARD

Governor Evans Kidero took his campaigns to Nyamira County where he urged local residents to influence their relatives in Nairobi to support his re-election.

Speaking during the burial of Mzee Patrick Nyangau at Obwari market in Nyamira County, Dr Kidero appealed to members of the Gusii community to support his re-election bid.

Kidero said during his four years in office as Nairobi governor he had sealed major loopholes for looting, and that was why corrupt people were fighting to remove him from office.

Kidero said the Gusii cannot be ignored in Nairobi County politics because they contribute more than half of the county's economy.

"I want to let you know that your people have over 160,000 matatus operating within the city and many of them have also invested in real estate and therefore my administration cannot afford to ignore them," Kidero told the mourners.

Kidero said he had fully incorporated the Gusii along other ethnic groups in his government, and given another term he would do more for them.

Protect community

He also disclosed that he had taken a leading role in protecting the community from people who were out to grab their land and properties.

At the same time, three ODM legislators from the Gusii community have said they would support Kidero's re-election.

Simeon Ogari (Bomachoge Chache), Charles Geni (North Mugirango) and Dr James Gesami (West Mugirango) said Kidero has demonstrated better leadership compared to other past leaders.

The MPs asked the Abagusii who have registered as voters in Nairobi not to make a mistake of voting in a Jubilee candidate for the position of governor.

Gesami, who has also declared his candidature for the seat of  governor in Nyamira County, said that voting in a Jubilee candidate as Nairobi governor could as well mean crippling the economy of all Kenyans who live in the city.

The leaders also asked the Abagusii to register as voters en masse, and vote for Raila Odinga if they want a better Kenya.

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