Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero continue to perform dismally across all important segments of his manifesto, and may find it hard convincing voters skeptical voters in future elections. Already, the Governor is being accused of ‘disrespecting’ his party leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
While this may not be a big news, it is the kind of bad media coverage which Kidero will have to fight for a long time considering he has been more of a Jubilee government bootlicker than a CORD governor. He may accompany Odinga to the man’s bedroom, but a lot depends on the perceptions he is creating. Dr Kidero has consistently shown he cares very less about public opinion, especially the querrellous voices from the real people who voted him into the government of Nairobi County.
But it is Dr Kidero’s handling of the healthcare crisis currently crippling the country which may seal his fate in the long run. Since health workers commenced Â their strike, Dr Kidero joined other Governors in threatening mass sackings, a call which President Uhuru Kenyatta seemed to have skillfully ‘delegated’ to the county governments.
According to the Governor’s own manifesto, Nairobi County, the heart of Kenyaâ€™s healthcare system, had huge plans to build more health facilities and pharmacies, create ambulance services, promote primary health care, license and control outlets that sell food to the public, create and improve cemeteries, funeral parlours and cremations and show great leadership in liquor licensing.
However, Data released from from Commission of Revenue Allocation show the Governor’s healthcare budgets as among the worst in the country.
Nairobi County comes a distant bottom at position 33 out of the 47 counties. Dr Kidero has reserved Ksh249 to be spent on developing health for each of its 3.4 million people. This is just about 3.5 per cent of its overall budget. Compared to the leading County, Kissi, headed by Mr Ongwae, who has splashed ksh 2,555 each on the county residents. Unlike Nairobi, Kisii County will spend 10% of its development budget on healthcare.
But it is the spiteful attitude of Dr Kidero which has shocked most city residents. That Kidero threatened to sack health workers and employ new ones reeks of the kind of insensitivity which makes one become a one term politician.
Kidero ratings among the CORD voters who made him the governor is next to zero. There is an assumption by the governor that he was elected by ‘all Nairobians’. This fallacy is driving Dr Kidero into early irrelevance.
Also, Dr Kidero apparently wants to appear a ‘nationalist’; with appointments which reeks of open insult to his voters. He is the only politician who seem to have embraced ‘outsiders’ more than his core base. Even President Uhuru Kenyatta has surrounded himself with individuals whose appointments sends a message that he ‘is with his base’, as for Kidero, he seemed to stuck in some corporate world utopia.