Why Waiguru is no threat to Kidero
28 January 2016, 13:24
Nairobi - Former Devolution CS Anne Waiguru is set to compete for the Nairobi Governor's post in the 2017 polls. But will she succeed?
Waiguru, disgracefully kicked out of office late last year in the wake of several corruption allegations whilst at the helm of the ministry, has declared her intentions to compete with Governor Evans Kidero for the seat come 2017.
The question remains though, can she compete?
For observers, she will be a serious outsider.
First of all, she is not a politician and has not featured in politics before unlike seasoned Politicians like Kidero and Mike Mbuvi Sonko who has also stated he will take on the Governorship.
The world of politics is murky and will require technical nous. Does Waiguru have it.
" Competing with Kidero is a different matter all together. He has played dirty before and will not be afraid to do so again. Sonko too. I cannot see Waiguru going anywhere," political analyst Michael Njenga says.
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Also, there is the small matter of party backing.
" If she does go head to head with Sonko, she will likely lose the Jubilee Party nomination while even a head to head with Kidero in the final tally will be tough as it will be a CORD versus Jubilee battle," Njenga adds.
Finally is the issue of gender.
It is highly unlikely that she will prevail in such a key post as Governor considering her gender. She will likely be forced onto a battle for the Nairobi Women's rep where she can likely win hands down. Competing with two male powerhouses in Kidero and Sonko will be tough.
Also, Kidero and Sonko are key pieces on their respective parties. None are likely to pave way for a newcomer to compete in such a vital post.
" I just do not see a Waiguru win for a number of reasons. The above three are key and I simply do not see it happening," he adds.
Waiguru says that she will bank on women to help her campaign if she decides to compete, which seems a matter of when rather than if.
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