NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 29 – The Nairobi County Government has failed in waste management and easing the city’s traffic jams, former Gatanga MP and 2013 presidential aspirant Peter Kenneth has said.
Kenneth, who attended a thanksgiving service at the Anglican Church of Kenya in Ruai together with Evans Kidero, called into question the Nairobi Governor’s record at the helm of the city’s government, saying the two issues remain a nightmare for Nairobi residents.
“Show us the work you’ve done and I will show the citizens what I have done too so that they can pick a person who is capable,” he said while addressing congregants on Sunday.
“We don’t want to be seeing clogged sewers and spend endless hours in traffic every time we move around.”
He further urged residents to resist any attempts to be drawn into personal conflicts between politicians, saying they should seek a leader who will champion their interests.
“What we’re competing for is who amongst us can deliver better services to you,” he explained.
According to Kenneth, the interest of every Nairobi voter should be to have a leader who will enhance the quality of life in the city as opposed to being dragged into conflicts fueled by selfish politicians.
“Put us on a weighing scale so that you find out who you can empower to work for you.”
In a quick rejoinder, Kidero told Kenneth that he was prepared to defend his seat, urging him to solve wrangles with his peers in the Jubilee Party which could easily deny him the opportunity to contest the city’s top job.
“My friend welcome to Nairobi but please finish your housekeeping issues first,” he said. “But please take caution because you wanted the presidency then you forfeited your ambitions…so take care least you start looking for an MCA’s position.”
The former legislature who has been praised for an impressive performance during his tenure as the MP of Gatanga faded into political oblivion after losing the 2013 presidential election where he came a distant fourth.
His entry into Nairobi politics has attracted fierce criticism from a section of Jubilee Party aspirants who have branded him “an outsider and a spoiler.”
The group comprised Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko, Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru, Nominated MP Johnson Sakaja and former Starehe legislator Margret Wanjiru has announced plans to unveil a candidate to face Kidero.