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Another bid to impeach Governor Kidero today

Governor Evans Kidero’s hold on Nairobi County politics will be tested once again on Tuesday, when his opponents push forward with the scheme to impeach him.

The bid reflects the undercurrents in city politics where both Jubilee and Cord coalitions want to control a county government with a Sh30.8 billion budget — and a debt of Sh42 billion.

Last week’s attempt at tabling the motion by renegade Cord Member of the County Assembly Samuel Nyangw’ara was scuttled by fellow party members, who threw water bottles at him, denouncing him as a traitor.

CROWDED RACE

Dr Kidero was elected on a Cord ticket in 2013 and is seeking another term in a crowded race that brings in Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko, former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru, Dagoretti MP Dennis Waweru and Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa.

Speaking on phone, Mr Nyang’wara, the Viwandani Ward Representative, told the Nation that he will read again the private motion on Tuesday to allow the House committee time to allocate it a day for its debate.

The MCA has claimed to have collected 56 signatures to support the bid to remove Dr Kidero.

There are fears that City Hall could witness another scuffle.

Mr Nyangwara has since pledged allegiance to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party.

ANTI-KIDERO FORCES

Debate on the impeachment motion, if it goes through, will expose the management of Kenya’s capital and its procurement and provide fodder to anti-Kidero forces, one of the powerful figures in the opposition.

The MCA has said that his motion will shed light to the people of Nairobi on how the county government incurred such a huge debt in the past three years.

But Majority Chief Whip David Mberia (Cord) said the motion will not be brought to the assembly as it is moved by an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) member out to impeach an ODM governor. ODM is a Cord affiliate party.

He said if Mr Nyangw’ara had defected and is “eating Jubilee money”, he should not involve other people.

“Where will he bring the motion?…akule Eurobond pole pole (let him eat Eurobond money slowly),” said Mr Mberia.

Cord politicians have argued that money received through the controversial Sh100 billion Eurobond sales is being used by Jubilee to reward political loyalty.