Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero’s re-election bid has been castigated by some who have argued that he does not deserve another chance at the helm of the capital city.

The competitors and Nairobi residents who are against his bid to seek a second term argue that Governor Kidero has failed in among other things keeping the city clean, fixing the roads and dealing with the traffic jams.

But looking at his performance it is easy to say that the Governor has not performed but then again anyone who has lived in Nairobi would appreciate that during his tenure there are certain things that he has done well, I will just pick five.

Through the Traffic Management Master Plan Study, which was funded by the World Bank, the Nairobi County Government has been able to implement new ways of easing congestion in the city and its recommendations.

The County government has created among others a secretariat to implement the plan and recruit and develop traffic marshals to manage traffic and initiate a Bus Rapid Transport System.

There are also plans through collaboration with the National Government to establish the Nairobi Metropolitan Transport Authority which will rope in the neighbouring counties of Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Murang’a.

The Governor is on record for trying various strategies in a bid to end the gridlock the city motorists sometimes find themselves in, in a road system that was designed in the 1970s when Nairobi had less than one million residents.

Currently, the WB reports estimates there are over 700,000 cars in Nairobi, having doubled from 330,000 in 2012.

Through the Traffic Management Master Plan Study, which was funded by the World Bank, the Nairobi County Government has been able to implement new ways of easing congestion in the city and its recommendations.

Kidero is on the spot for failing to deliver on a Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS), but it should not be lost on Kenyans that in 2014, the county government had opened negotiations with JICA, with an aim of committing the capital city to a deal to adopt the Yurikamome Mass Transit Automated Guideway Train system.

The system which would have come into operations in 2016, would have been fully automated and transports about 170,000 passengers daily and runs for 16 hours each day.

The proposed Nairobi loop line which would have connected Mombasa Road, Thika Road, Ngong Road and all routes running into the CBD.

The national government trashed the county plan, saying the county had no role in the construction of railways.

Recently, the county government gazette new transit routes that will see only buses with a capacity of carrying 51 passengers allowed into the city.

Governor Kidero plan to decentralise services to sub-counties hit a legal challenge mounted by his competitor Sonko, who moved to court to challenge it.

Such a move would have seen the construction and equipping of five fire stations by the end of the year.

The city has been engulfed in uncertainty in terms of disaster preparedness after it emerged that it does not have a single working fire engine.

Towards, this end County received four engines to the existing fleet and improved the responsiveness of the fire brigade which has in the past been accused of failing to effectively tackle fires in the capital city.

Under Governor Kidero, the County Government has seen revenue collection systems improve from year to year after it automated most of the available systems including parking through the JamboPay platform.

The statistics show that more than 85 per cent of all Single Business Permits and parking fees are now paid through the JamboPay portal. The figures also show that 70 per cent of all parking penalty payments and 86 per cent of all liquor licenses are also channelled to the county through the JamboPay system.

The Governor has also streamlined the business enabling environment by simplifying licensing procedures, providing incentives to new investors, offering job-creation linked tax-breaks, improving infrastructure, supporting innovative start-ups and working in tandem with Vision 2030 Medium Term Programme.

These are some of the rafts of measures that will help Nairobi become a job creation centre for the country.

The Governor’s Office has employed a wholesome strategy to deal with insecurity in all its manifestations.

As a result of a partnership between the National Police Service, the National Government and the County Government cases of crime in the capital city have significantly declined as a result of the installation of the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) making it easier for the police to pick out suspected criminals in Nairobi streets.

The Sh14.9 billion National Surveillance, Communication and Control System links all security agencies, making it easy to share information and direct operations.

Increased investments in police vehicles and recruitment of more officers by the national government have also played a contributing to the improved state of security in the country.

According to an Ipsos poll released in July 2016, In Nairobi alone, robberies fell from 436 reported in 2014 to 295 in 2016 and motor vehicle theft fell from 340 to 195 in within the same period as cases of muggings fell from 1,360 cases reported in 2014 to 992 in 2016 (27 per cent).

County Government in collaboration with the ministry of energy has also spear headed the LED Street-light Programme which allowed small-scale businesses to operate well till late and marries into the Vision 2030 goals of creating a 24-hour economy.

Kidero has spearheaded the Nyumba Kumi initiative in order to ensure safety for all citizens and to report suspicious people to the police who may mean to cause harm in the area.

Kidero understands the principle aim of devolution, which is it is the best way to bringing services closer to the people.

Finally, Governor Kidero’s competitors such as Peter Kenneth and Mike Sonko are only saying what Kidero has been setting the structures with an aim towards doing.

I will not talk about Miguna Miguna because quite frankly his response to any question on how he is going to deal with any of the issue facing the Nairobi resident is usually met with a barrage of insults.

 

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