Kidero is Nairobi’s first governor

Kidero who is the immediate former CEO of Mumias Sugar garnered 692,483 votes against Waititu's 617,839 votes/FILE

Kidero who is the immediate former CEO of Mumias Sugar garnered 692,483 votes against Waititu’s 617,839 votes/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 7 – Evans Kidero of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) was on Thursday declared the Nairobi governor-elect, trouncing his main rival Ferdinand Waititu of The National Alliance (TNA).

Kidero who is the immediate former CEO of Mumias Sugar garnered 692,483 votes against Waititu’s 617,839 votes.

In his speech after being declared winner, Kidero vowed to concentrate on a journey of transforming the city which will include everyone despite their race, religion nor political affiliation.

He said: “The promises we made, the desires expressed by the people of Nairobi are not in vain; we will work to ensure that the history written by my election puts Nairobi in its rightful place.”

“Nairobi occupies a unique place: it is a commercial hub, it is a communication hub and is the gateway to the market of one billion people and its potential has to be exploited. I do undertake to work with everybody including hawkers who have been mistreated; matatu people who have sustained our transport industry; our commercial enterprises that have nor realised their full potential,” he said amid cheers from supporters.

Waititu who emerged second was not present at Nyayo National Stadium while the results were announced.

Businessman Jimnah Mbaru took third place with 52,084 votes while former Nairobi Town Clerk Philip Kisia came fourth with 5,182 votes.

Mbaru who sought the governors’ seat on the Alliance Party of Kenya later conceded defeat thanking his campaign team and all those who had turned out to vote for him.

“I would like to thank all the Nairobi residents who came out to vote for me and my entire team who worked tirelessly on my campaign over the past few months,” he said in a statement that also wished Kidero well in his new position.

In the race for county women representative, former nominated MP Rachael Shebesh was elected beating Silvia Mingala of ODM by 626,287 votes to 323,332.

Esther Passaris of the Kenya National Congress party came in third place garnering 289,292 votes.

LORDRICK MAYABI

Lordrick is a graduate of the University of Nairobi with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. He is passionate about political and governance issues. He also takes keen interest in human rights matters, justice and is fond of sports.

  • http://twitter.com/marucha_patrick patrick marucha

    Kudos kidero u are corded.

    • Duncan Muchina

      Wrong…Kenyan-Nairobian-Corded…..

  • http://twitter.com/GitauWaWangeci Gitau Wa Wangeci

    One thing I ask: Kidero should not implement CORD manifesto. It will ruin the city. He should come up with his own, oriented to business and sustenance.

    • http://twitter.com/GitauWaWangeci Gitau Wa Wangeci

      With his business experience, he know how hard we find it to do business in this city. He should de-regulate Nairobi economy and focus more on infrastructure and security. The rest, we market participants., can provide for each other. Kudos Kidero!

  • John Timambo

    One needs only to look keenly and will pick out the wonderful development blue print in CORD manifesto which befits Nairobi. Probably Gitau may not like CORD leader but i believe the ideas in the manifesto are brilliant

  • Katherine Getao

    This is a signal that Nairobi residents want professional, business-oriented leadership. I wish Evans Kidero the best and trust that he will address unemployment, slum upgrading, environmental and wildlife issues, and green spaces for our children as some of the social issues. On the economic front I believe that Nairobi can become the air transport, ICT innovation, financial services and business-oriented tourism hub for the region. We also have an opportunity to become a model of ease-of-doing-business excellence using ICTs. I don’t care whose manifesto the ideas come from – let’s just support the governor to achieve this and we will all benefit.

    • Richardiba

      Very good sentiments indeed. I would, however, like to see Nairobi specialize in a few areas and have some of the other functions transferred elsewhere. Kenya lags behind because for the longest time our policy has required that everything BE PLACED IN NAIROBI. It is high time that other sectors were sent to other cities (or locales) to distribute the opportunities and development all over the country, especially (but not limited to) TOURISM, ICT, ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION