Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Depart, Le Kidero

No more sweet talk from-a grimepit,
No more sweet talk from the hypocrites (oh, no hypocrites!),
No more sweet talk from-a grimepit (wo-ah yeah),
No more sweet talk (no-no-no-no sweet talk) from the hypocrites (hey!),
No more sweet talk from-a grimepit,
No more sweet talk (no-no-no-no sweet talk) from the hypocrites (no-no-no-no hey!) ~ Bob Marley (Slogans)
Last year I declared chivalry to be dead in Nairobi and I blamed Evans Kidero, the Governor of Nairobi City County. Le Kidero sits atop a government that is simply incapable of doing its job. A year ago, for those who's memories have not been addled by booze, weed or social media tweefs, Nairobi City's drainage system completely failed, overwhelmed by Le Kidero's inept government's lack of foresight - and garbage trucks.

The rainwaters brought swathes of the city to a standstill because traffic, motorised and foot, could not find its way around submerged roads and bridges. This year is not different. It is, in fact, worse. Le Kidero's government is responsible for the deaths of scores of Kenyans. Th actual killers may be corner-cutting contractors, but Le Kidero has allowed banditry to flourish in his government and as a result we have watched in horror as Kenyans' remains are pulled out of the rubble in Huruma. Worse, Le Kidero seems not to understand that goodwill visits by his wife and other spouses of aspiring gubernatorial one-percenters will not hide the ugly face of the banditry of his government.

It is barely a month since a year-long investigation into the county government, dubbed Kanjo Kingdom, exposed the utter pitilessness of the bandits in Le Kidero's serikali. It is not too farfetched to imagine Le Kidero in his carpetted and sound-proofed City Hall office suite, paralysed with indecision, because his priorities lie in unworkable and foolish schemes that mean little to the Kenyans being pulled out of the rubble in Huruma. Nairobi's long-suffering residents don't need CCTV cameras or traffic cameras; they need footpaths that do not turn into mud baths every time the heavens open, drainages that actually drain, sewers that do not block, and a public sanitation system that actually removes garbage from streets and neighbourhoods.

Instead, Nairobi's hardworking "informal" sector faces extortionate demands, violence and murder at the hands of the Kanjo Kingdom, and its armies of workers face increasingly dangerous roads because Le Kidero's Kanjo Kingdom will not do anything to tame the recklessness of motorists and PSV crews. Potholed roads are a common sight in this former Green City in the Sun.  Le Kidero presides over one of the most hostile governments in Kenya and if you doubt this, sit on a city flower pot and experience the violence of Kanjo Kingdom.

We should have known that he was bad at this. Not from his record at Nation or Mumias, but from his pie-in-the-sky promises about trams and mass transit buses and his ill-thought decision not to provide exterior resting places within the Central Business District. But now that his government is responsible for deaths, it is time to thank him for his poor service and elect someone else. In Oliver Cromwell's words to the Rump Parliament, "You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately...Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!"

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