Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has maintained that his opponent Mike Sonko is not fit to lead the county because he failed at his legislative duties.
Addressing the media at Karasani, Nairobi, after being cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to defend his seat in the coming August elections, Dr Kidero said the county’s Senator cannot be trusted with running a city because he was unable to fight for more allocation of funds to counties.
“….if he could not manage [working effectively in] the senate, then what makes him think he can manage being a governor of this city?
“I was a little bit surprised by the President of Kenya when he endorsed somebody who by all means and any means would not fit the bill of being hired,” Dr Kidero said.
Governor Kidero added that the national government only gives the county Sh12 billion annually, which translates to Sh3,000 per head while the national per capita dictates that it should be at Sh8,000.
He also said that the same government owed the county at least Sh66bn in accumulated debts (for example, the unpaid land at Embakasi acquired to build houses for GSU officers, parking fees, among others).
“Our main competitor was a senator in Nairobi and senators are supposed to work for the good of the county. They are supposed to optimize revenue for the county,” he said.
“The national per capita or the revenue per head nationally is Sh8,000 but Nairobi only gets Sh3,000. Why did he not fight for Nairobi County to get its due right if he is that competent?”
However, according to The County Allocation of Revenue Bill, 2016, the county’s allocation of the equitable share of revenue raised nationally for the 2015/2016 financial year was Sh12.9bn and Sh14bn for 2016/2017.
At the same time, he poured cold water on the entry of former National Assembly speaker Kenneth Marende into the governorship race terming it inconsequential while also chiding the unveiling of former footballer Dan Shikanda as Peter Kenneth’s running mate.
Mr Marende is vying on a United Democratic Party ticket and Mr Kenneth as an independent.
Dr Kidero added that he has complied with requirements by the electoral agency that all candidates and their supporters must conduct campaigns with civility.
“The duel is on and the other party better be prepared. We wish them well and the decision is in the hands of the people,” he said.
The county boss praised his deputy governor Jonathan Mueke as capable, saying “we have worked with him harmoniously and that is why I am very happy to run again with him to complete the projects we had started”.
On his part, Mr Mueke advised Nairobi residents to judge them by their scorecard and give them another five years to complete their work, which has cut across various sectors such as health and transport.
“The scorecard is there, it is very clear. Mothers can now take their children to school through the ECD classes we have built.
“Businesses are able to operate up to midnight. Health care has been improved by building hospitals and new maternity wings in Mutwini, Mbagathi and Dandora health centre.”