Nairobi governor rivals sign charter

February 27, 2013 4:03 pm
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"I Jimnah Mbaru, if elected governor of Nairobi County, will uphold and promote the principals of leadership and integrity," Mbaru declared/FILE
“I Jimnah Mbaru, if elected governor of Nairobi County, will uphold and promote the principals of leadership and integrity,” Mbaru declared/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 27 – Aspirants for the position of Nairobi Governor on Wednesday signed a leadership commitment charter where they pledged to fully involve city residents in the development and policy formulation of the metropolis if elected.

Among those who signed the charter were Ferdinand Waititu, Jimnah Mbaru, Philip Kisia, Mutinda Kavemba, and a representative of Evans Kidero.

They further promised to promote peace in all political campaigns and ensure that their supporters conduct themselves appropriately during the election period.

“I Jimnah Mbaru, if elected governor of Nairobi County, will uphold and promote the principals of leadership and integrity,” Mbaru declared.

“Every month, I will be addressing a meeting with Nairobi residents so that everyone may know how I am doing my work,” Waititu on the other hand stated.

Speaking during the event, Mbaru reiterated that if elected, he will transform Nairobi into a 24-hour economic city.

“In the primary schools that we will be having, children will be going home at 5pm. In the evening, we will be opening them to enable adults learn during the night,” he said.

He further said that he will ensure traders are not evicted from their areas of operation.

“The county government will oversee each aspect of the county. This is because we want everybody to live peacefully and with the knowledge that they cannot be evicted aimlessly,” he stated.

Kisia on the other hand explained that if elected, he will advocate for a waiver in land rate payments to traders so that they may have a fresh start with no baggage.

Waititu pledged to work closely with the residents in ensuring that their needs were well taken care of.

He said that development projects for the youth will be one of his key agendas where he promised to set aside Sh1 million every year to enable youth set up businesses.

He further stated that no one in the informal settlements will be evicted without due process and issued a warning to those who may have illegally grabbed land that their time was up.

During the event, the aspirants also engaged traders from Kibera, Korogocho and Mukuru kwa Njenga on issues affecting them and how they are going to address them.

They stated that they will also adhere to the rule of law as provided in the constitution of Kenya, Elections Act and other relevant statutes during the election period.

They further said that they will ensure transparency and accountability in the management of Nairobi county affairs by providing the citizens and stakeholders with adequate and timely information on matters involving the county management.

They further stressed that they will uphold the principles of leadership and integrity during their tenure as the governor of Nairobi County as provided in chapter six of the Constitution of Kenya.

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