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Vol 54 No 4

Published 15th February 2013


Nairobi’s governing passions

The race to be governor of the capital is tense, filled with drama and defying the expectations of the experts

The Nairobi gubernatorial race – part of the 4 March general elections – is turning into one of the most fascinating political battles of recent times. The city’s economy is worth an estimated US$20 billion and the governor controls an annual budget of 5.2 bn. Kenya shillings ($174 mn.). The two leading candidates are the Orange Democratic Movement’s (ODM) Evans Kidero, a smooth-talking former head of Mumias Sugar Company, and Ferdinand Ndung’u Waititu, the Party of National Unity’s combative member of parliament for Embakasi in the dense, south-eastern, lower-income suburbs. The outcome depends on how the ethnic vote breaks down and how the two present their very different visions for the capital.

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