Nairobi County Governor:Evans Odhiambo Kidero
Evans Odhiambo Kidero is a Kenyan politician and current Governor of Nairobi County. Evans Odhiambo Kidero was born in Majengo, and was the eldest of 7 children. He attended Mangu High School, where he was the Head Boy. He graduated from the University of Nairobi in 1983 with a degree in pharmacy, followed by a Masters in Business Administration in 1990 at the United States International University in Kenya.
He worked for 4 years at Warner Lambert, 12 years at SmithKline Beecham Healthcare International, 2 years at the helm of Nation Media Group, and (most recently) 10 years in the stewardship of Mumias Sugar Company. It is from Mumias that Dr. Kidero recently resigned to pursue a political career in Nairobi county governorship. From a 28-year career in the competitive corporate environment, Dr. Kidero has acquired leadership and management skills that make him a suitable candidate for a job that requires experience, competence and caring.
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Dr. Kidero’s results speak for his competence, as he left a track record of business success at each of the organizations that he led. At Mumias, where he was the first ever Kenyan MD, he turned a run down, failing business into a resounding success. Today Mumias Sugar accounts for 60% of the country’s sugar sales, and under his leadership, has diversified into a series of related businesses from the by-products of sugar manufacturing, including generation of electricity and sales of bottled water. Dr. Kidero’s caring leadership style is evident in the welfare arrangements he put in place for the staff of these organizations, which has earned him loyalty from those whom he led over the years.
Evans Odhiambo Kidero was elected as the first governor of Nairobi County in the Nairobi gubernatorial elections of 2013.
Following a petition by Ferdinand Waititu, who ran against him in the Gubernatorial Election, Kidero was ousted as Nairobi Governor, with the court citing electoral malpractices. Kidero was later later reinstated by the Supreme Court following an appeal that overturned the decision of the Court of Appeal.
Dr. Kidero is married to Susan Mboya, daughter of Kenyan politician Tom Mboya, and together they have 3 children.
County: Nairobi County
Governor’s Name: EVANS KIDERO – ODM
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Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, his deputy Jonathan Mueke enjoy as Jubilee aspirants fight over party ticket
Updated On:4th February 2017
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and his deputy Jonathan Mueke are perhaps the only pair after President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy William Ruto who are sitting pretty ahead of August 8 polls.
The duo has not attracted a single opponent within their coalition while Jubilee is reeling in confusion with more than six candidates fighting for the lone ticket to take over Nairobi.
In separate interviews with The Standard on Saturday, the pair said Jubilee had already soiled their ticket by grounding it on ethnicity, Central Kenya succession politics and the 2022 presidential race. They observe that former presidential candidate Peter Kenneth would be an “easy kill” owing to “inherent contradictions” in his candidacy.
Kenneth appears to be the preferred candidate for the Jubilee coalition but is facing stiff opposition from the “Team Nairobi” quartet of Senator Mike Sonko, MPs Dennis Waweru (Dagoretti South), Johnson Sakaja (Nominated) and Former assistant minister Margaret Wanjiru.
“Apart from their squabbling, immoderate sense of entitlement and isolationist policies, the whole lot of Jubilee candidates has no agenda for Nairobi residents. Trust me, they have nothing on us,” Kidero told The Standard on Saturday.
Dr Kidero, who will be seeking reelection on ODM party ticket said Nairobi is too important to be reduced to a “mere theatre” of 2022 succession politics pitting regional blocks. With its diverse population, all Nairobi cares for is a “focused ticket” committed to battling with challenges of health, education, infrastructure and job creation.
“Our ticket is a sure bet. And that is partly the reason why we have not attracted a swarm of opponents from within. Anything else is guesswork and that is the biggest promise of Jubilee — guesswork. We are already turning around the city and in the next five years, it will hardly be recognisable in both splendour and ability to meet expectations and needs of our people,” Kidero added.
There was no let-up in Mueke either. The Wiper candidate said Jubilee’s interest for Nairobi is fueled by its inability to come to terms with the reality of Opposition turning around the fortunes of the country’s capital city. He said Kenneth was using Nairobi as “stepping stone” for his 2022 presidential ambitions.
“It was never our wish to compete against a candidate espousing narrow regional interests but it looks like that is what Jubilee is settling for. The consequence of this is that we don’t have a credible opponent,” Mueke said.
He said Kenneth had already branded himself a “Murang’a candidate” within the Jubilee spectrum of politics. Of the three Central Kenya old regions — Murang’a, Kiambu and Nyeri — only Murang’a has not produced a sitting President.
“They are talking about it openly. PK himself declared himself a Murang’a candidate and local leaders endorsed him as their pick. Should the people of Nairobi allow themselves to get caught up in that sort of a mix? Certainly not,” Mueke said.