Kidero 127A section of Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) leaders from Nyanza have slammed Nairobi governor Evans Kidero’s endorsement for presidency in 2017.

Kidero was on Friday endorsed by Kitutu Chache MP Richard Onyonka to run for presidency in the next general election.

Onyonka said Kidero is the only hope Nyanza region has of producing a president to lead the Republic of Kenya.

His endorsement has, however, been greeted with contempt especially with leaders drawn for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party.

Rarieda legislator Nicholas Gumbo also took issue with Onyonka’s endorsement of Kidero.

“I live in Nairobi but everywhere I look, nothing has changed in the first 18 months of the devolved governments,” said Gumbo.

His Suba counterpart John Mbadi stated that no one has stopped Kidero from engaging in fundraisers but warned that Nyanza people cannot be led by harambees.

“People like Onyonka are begging from Kidero and just have to say what pleases him,” said Mbadi.

Homabay Town MP Peter Kaluma warned ODM members to be weary of leaders who want to create unnecessary tension and rifts within the party.

He told off young leaders such as Kasipul Kabondo MP Syllvance Osele to stop bad mouthing leaders and unite the party.

Osele had said the region still recognises former Premier Raila Odinga as ‘rooster’ of the ODM party, but this does not prevent other cocks from crowing.

Kisumu East MP Shakeel Shabbir took a swipe at the Nairobi governor naming a road after himself claiming that not even a mayor has ever done that.

“Kidero believes he is Tom Mboya reincarnation which definitely he is not,” said Shabbir.

But Migori Women Representative Denita Ghati said Nairobi governor has a development mind that Nyanza needs.

“Kidero and his wife are helping this region in many ways and I think that is what our people want,” said Ms Ghati.


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