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Kidero cannot be thrown out of ODM

22 January 2015, 16:32 William Korir

Nairobi - Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero cannot be thrown out of ODM, say observers, as he holds too much weight for the party to let go of.

Some members of the party want Kidero thrown out of Orange House for supporting a different candidate for the upcoming Homa Bay Senatorial by election.

Kidero supports Dr Philip Okundi for the seat, while ODM is behind the late Senator Otieno Kajwang's brother Moses.

That said, party leader Raila Odinga has yet to say anything about Kidero's conduct and if previous incidences are to have any bearing, he will likely not.

Mid 2014, when Kidero was under pressure for again going against party protocol in support for candidates in by elections, Raila supported him and according to observers, the former PM knows the value of having the former Mumias Sugar MD in his camp.

" Kidero is safe, which is why he can afford to do and say whatever he wants against party protocol," political analyst Michael Njenga says.

" The party needs him badly in Nairobi because he is a serious figure head, which is what the party desperately needs in the city".

" In the past, the party had Fred Gumo, Reuben Ndolo and even Margaret Wanjiru in Nairobi  but now Kidero aside, there is not really any other person who can counter the Jubilee force".

" Jubilee have Mike Sonko, Rachel Shebesh and now Wanjiru. ODM and even CORD is well short and they need Kidero," he added.

Kidero too is the only realistic candidate to run for the gubernatorial seat again in 2017 and the party will go for him, as he is the only one with serious credentials.

" Kidero cannot be replaced. CORD and ODM know that if they go with anyone else to compete in the coming elections in 2017 they will lose. Kidero might have his faults but he is key to Raila and the party, Josephat Tunei, a political sciences lecturer at the Mount Kenya University says.

" The party cannot risk to lose him. Not at this time. It will not be of any help to them.

" Raila knows it but probably knows that the decision to support Okundi will likely not have an effect on the election as a whole, so he will let is slide," he adds.

The club might end up punishing Kidero in some way, but not by expelling him, a person considered untouchable for now.

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