JONATHAN MUEKE: DEPUTY WHO HAS NO POWER HUNGER

JONATHAN MUEKE, DEPUTY GOV­ER­NOR, NAIROBI/ “Our hard work has helped place Nairobi on the global map...Nairobi has moved from po­si­tion 139, since we came in in 2013, to po­si­tion 109 in the World Bank rat­ings on cities that are busi­ness-friendly.”

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He is suave, ur­bane and a stick­ler for punc­tu­al­ity. Jonathan Mueke is the man who deputises Nairobi Gov­er­nor Evan Kidero.

“We are def­i­nitely run­ning to­gether again next year,” Mueke told this writer in his of­fice last week.

Un­like in other coun­ties where gov­er­nors and their deputies don’t see eye-to-eye, things are dif­fer­ent in Nairobi county.

It is not hard to miss why the duo have worked with­out fric­tion since their elec­tion in 2013.

The 39-year-old politi­cian shares the se­cret to their cor­dial re­la­tion­ship: “Con­stant com­mu­ni­ca­tion is cen­tral be­tween my­self and the Gov­er­nor.”

Mueke adds that the abil­ity to look at the big pic­ture has seen them avoid prob­lems that could oth­er­wise at­tract fric­tion.

“Nairobi is not only the cap­i­tal city of Kenya, it is also the eco­nomic hub of the re­gion. All com­mu­ni­ties live here. If we can’t hold Nairobi to­gether, we will have failed as lead­ers.”

Kidero and Mueke’s 2017 cam­paign is dubbed “Kidero-Mueke 2017”.

Mueke ar­gues that they de­serve an­other term in of­fice be­cause they have worked hard on de­liv­er­ing on their cam­paign prom­ises.

“Our hard work has helped place Nairobi on the global map,” the fa­ther of two says.

Nairobi was re­cently ranked Num­ber 11 by the City Mil­len­nium In­dex, thanks to its in­vestor-friendly by-laws.

“Nairobi has now over­taken ma­jor cities like Jo­han­nes­burg, La­gos and Cairo to be at the top of the league.”

He re­it­er­ates that Nairobi is the Num­ber One des­ti­na­tion in For­eign Di­rect In­vest­ment, thanks to their lead­er­ship.

“Nairobi has moved from po­si­tion 139, since we came in in 2013, to po­si­tion 109 in the World Bank rat­ings on cities that are busi­ness-friendly.”

He adds that the city cur­rently stands at po­si­tion 125 in the Global City Liv­abil­ity In­dex. It pre­vi­ously stood at 139.

Mueke is ap­peal­ing to Nairobi res­i­dents to vote for him and Kidero next year, so that they can com­plete the projects they have ini­ti­ated.

“We have key projects that need con­ti­nu­ity,” he said.

The Wiper Party politi­cian says one of the flag­ship projects are the Ur­ban Re­newal Pro­gramme, in which they plan to build 14,000 new hous­ing units in seven new es­tates in the city.

“The ground­break­ing cer­e­mony for this mega project is slated for Novem­ber. These are houses for low-in­come peo­ple.”

They also plan to put up com­plex sin­gle ded­i­cated bus lanes in nine road cor­ri­dors to de­con­gest the city.

MUEKE IS AP­PEAL­ING TO NAIROBI RES­I­DENTS TO VOTE FOR HIM AND KIDERO NEXT YEAR, SO THAT THEY CAN COM­PLETE THE PROJECTS THEY HAVE INI­TI­ATED.

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