Kidero urges Pas­saris, Sonko to sup­port him for Nairobi top post

‘That other side is con­gested. I’m told they are nine or 10 now. That house is full and oth­ers are now us­ing un­ortho­dox means to re­move me from of­fice’

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - JULIUS OTIENO @juliu­so­tieno04

Nairobi Gov­er­nor Evans Kidero has in­ten­si­fied cam­paigns to re­cap­ture the city’s top job, with re­ports his strat­egy is to reach out to op­po­nents to sup­port him.

On Tues­day, he “had lunch” with his fierce ri­val Se­na­tor Mike Sonko. Yes­ter­day, Kidero shared a plat­form with busi­ness­woman and gov­er­nor hope­ful Es­ther Pas­saris. He urged Pas­saris to join ODM and sup­port him.

“That side is con­gested. I’m told they are nine or 10. That house is full and oth­ers are now us­ing un­ortho­dox means to re­move me from of­fice,” he said.

But Pas­saris said she is still in the race. She said, how­ever, she will sup­port Kidero un­til he com­pletes his term. “I am told the na­tional gov­ern­ment owes our county Sh60 bil­lion. This is not right be­cause there is no way our gov­er­nor can work. I will sup­port him to en­sure we get this money back,” Pas­saris said.

Kidero said, “You see they have started look­ing for me. Even yes­ter­day, one of them looked for me.” There were re­ports Kidero asked Sonko to aban­don his bid and sup­port him, then run for gov­er­nor in 2022.

Five peo­ple have de­clared in­ter­est in run­ning on the Ju­bilee Party ticket. They are Sonko, Dagoretti South MP Den­nis Waweru, nom­i­nated MP Johnson Sakaja, for­mer Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker Ken­neth Marende and for­mer Starehe MP Mar­garet Wan­jiru.

So far, Kidero seems to be Cord’s sole can­di­date. Cord leader Raila Odinga’s for­mer aide Mi­guna Mi­guna will run as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date, while Pas­saris has been try­ing to reg­is­ter a party – the Haram­bee Demo­cratic Party.

The Regis­trar of Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties de­clined to reg­is­ter the party, say­ing the use of the word haram­bee is pro­hib­ited un­der the Na­tional Flag, Em­blems and Names Act. Pas­saris has ap­pealed against that de­ci­sion.

/ JULIUS OTIENO

Nairobi Gov­er­nor Evans Kidero (Sec­ond Right) with busi­ness­woman Es­ther Pas­saris at the Cal­vary Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Kay­ole yes­ter­day

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