As new revelations emerge over Dr Kidero’s last friday incident where the laid back and conservative Nairobi Governor allegedly slapped TNA Women representative Rachel Shebesh, disturbing tidbits of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s China tour points to a well-orchestrated Jubilee Alliance onslaught on a man many thought was sympathetic to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government.
During the China tour, Governor Kidero secured investments funding
for a number of projects for Nairobi County which the Jubilee Alliance
entourage accompanying president Kenyatta were totally opposed to. At
the root of this opposition is an earlier agreement that all funds from
China had to be attributed to the president.
“We felt that the Nairobi Governor broke this rule. This was Uhuru’s
tour, not Kidero’s and when he visited Daimler and got the automaker to
pledge opening a plant in Nairobi and also secured the Ksh 80 billion,
it changed the storyline,” an aide to a flamboyant senator who also
accompanied the president told this writer.
While President Uhuru is said to have been comfortable with the
governor’s inroads into China during the tour, the power cartel around
him became increasingly uneasy. One of the people who grumbled
continuously was none other than the Nairobi women’s representative
“Shebesh didn’t want the governor from the moment it was revealed he
would be part of the China tour. She complained openly to Sonko” said
the source, referring to the Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko.
However, like the President, Sonko is said to have brushed the whole
idea, claiming Kidero’s presence gives the president a ‘right media
image back home’. Feeling increasingly frustrated, Shebesh is said to
have sworn Kidero must never have the limelight with his image intact, a
threat she seemingly achieved last friday.
During the whole China tour, she snubbed the governor who took her
actions in stride, not wanting to be distracted. But last friday was way
too much for Gov Kidero.
“She came here with all these people shouting and yelling and the
governor was informed Shebesh was here; so he comes to the door to
welcome her but what does she do?” poses one of Kidero’s aides. While
the video shows Kidero slapping Shebesh once, the aide claims the whole
footage has been edited to fit into the Jubilee storyline.
“Remember she came with them, she came with all these media people,
she never informed the governor she would visit. . .just propped here
with hecklers in tow and that still did not irk the governor,” the aide
gives a different account of the chronology of events.
“Shebesh first assaulted the governor; this will come out in due
course. it was so awkward we did not know how to respond, things
happened so fast and next it was everywhere on social media,” added the
Asked why he thinks Shebesh did not engage the Governor in a better
forum, say by seeking an appointment, the aide repeated the China tour
events but added a new twist: the ongoing audit at City Hall.
Kidero had ordered an internal audit at the City Council of Nairobi
where thousands of ghost workers are reeking in millions of shillings in
a cartel that Shebesh’s name was repeatedly mentioned.
“The audit by the governor into city hall is unravelling things only
heard in the narcotics world. We found out instances where one person
appears in the roster over seven or eight times and withdraws huge
salaries. Some of them live in Limuru and Kiambu and even as far as
Nakuru, yet their names show they work for the City Council of Nairobi”.
Governor Kidero had suspended six officers recently over corruption
charges as well suspending or cancelling a lot of tenders. According to
multiple sources privy to City Hall politics, there is a lot of filth
the Governor is cleaning which touches on the very people now up in arms
calling for his resignation.
“It is a very dirty brand of politics, sadly it is at the very core
of the Jubilee Alliance. Most of their elected leaders here in Nairobi
County are crude crooks who belong to jails,” says an officer in the
Another school of thought interprates the ongoing events as a
deliberate offensive on the path to 2017. It is widely believed that Gov
Kidero is seen as a possible replacement of Raila Odinga and hence the
earlier he is done away with the better.
This school, however, does not just blame the Jubilee Alliance for
the woes of the Governor, they cite the feeble response by the ODM and
CORD coalition whose press statement neither categorically defended the
Governor nor vilified Shebesh.
“The medium is the message. When the coalition sent David Musila to
issue that shallow statement, I knew they too are enjoying the
governor’s predicament. Sadly, this new battlefront may sink the party
deeper,” added a popular social media blogger associated with CORD
The governor’s supporters now want the party to take a stern position
on the behaviour of Jubilee politicians who muddle the waters and go
“Why are ODM women Mps silent even when their Jubilee counterparts
are making Shebesh look like an angel? They need to stand with the
governor. This is not a gender affair, this is a political affair, a
dirty political game going on,” added the blogger.