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How Kidero wife’s sweet talk made him change mind on Huruma order

The wife of Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has made sensational revelations how a heart-to-heart conversation with her husband led to the seven-day postponement of the demolition of condemned buildings in Huruma.

Susan Mboya-Kidero on Monday narrated to journalists how television footage of distraught families in Huruma had moved her so powerfully that she prevailed upon her husband to postpone the planned demolitions to allow the families time to seek alternative shelter.

“I saw a woman weep on a national television and I told the governor to give the residents more time to move out,” said Mrs Kidero.

City Hall askaris salute Nairobi First Lady Mrs Susan Mboya Kidero when she arrived in Huruma on May 09, 2016. PHOTO | LILIAN MUTAVI
City Hall askaris salute Nairobi First Lady Mrs Susan Mboya Kidero when she arrived in Huruma on May 09, 2016. PHOTO | LILIAN MUTAVI

On Friday, bulldozers and other heavy machinery started bringing down buildings adjacent the collapsed building as police controlled crowds.

But a day later, Governor Kidero had a change of heart and suspended the demolitions for seven days to allow tenants time to find alternative housing.

Mrs Kidero made the revelations on Monday when she visited the site of the collapsed building. She was accompanied by County First Ladies Esther Ruto (Bomet), Sara Tunoi (Narok), Lucia Kinuthia (Nakuru) and Catherine Mueke wife of Nairobi deputy Governor..

The First Ladies donated food worth sh200,000 to the victims of the tragedy.

Mrs Kidero called on tenants of condemned buildings to move out before the demolitions restart.