Posts Tagged ‘Evans Kidero’

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Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has joined calls in calling for the disbandment of the IEBC.  The governor also condemned the ugly scenes that were witnessed yesterday during demonstrations by the opposition. He said expressed his dismay at the use by excessive force by the police towards demonstrators.

The scenes witnessed yesterday have sparked a debate over the Police brutality with Kenyans condemning them.

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Below is Kidero’s statement;

‘’I strongly condemn yesterday’s reckless and excessive use of force by the Kenyan Police to disperse peaceful demonstrators who have been calling for the removal of Commissioners at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and which has now led to the death of one of the protestors.

The violence exhibited yesterday undermines the gains made by Nairobi as the City to invest, work and live in. Investors thrive in an environment where they have confidence that the rule of law will be upheld and their properties will not be looted or destroyed. Everything should be done to ensure this confidence is not eroded as the city also prepares to host the second United Nations Environment Assembly and UNCTAD/TICAD conferences.

I am dismayed at the use of excessive force towards the demonstrators who were exercising their constitutional rights. This was totally uncalled for, the police are expected to protect wananchi and nothing can justify the physical attacks on peaceful demonstrators who were expressing themselves in a manner allowed by the Kenyan constitution. The government must immediately send clear instructions to the Police to stop this excessive use of force and prosecute officers who have used extreme force against protestors. The Kenyan government must respect the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Kenya.

IEBC must be disbanded they cannot be trusted to oversee free and fair elections.’’

In the meantime, the Inspector General of Police has ordered an internal investigations to the excessive use of force by the police yesterday.

‘’I condemn the lawlessness visited on the public by rioters yesterday and an internal inquiry is underway to determine to determine whether any police officer broke any law while quelling the riots’’ the Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet told reporters.

 

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This week has been one of those weeks Nairobians have spent hours in traffic.  Reason? Heavy rains that made roads in some parts of Nairobi impassable. Photos circulating online show what can only be described as a disaster, flooded roads and cars being washed away were the scenes we saw yesterday.

Sad thing is, even the Central Business District is one of those affected areas.

So here is the thing, why I am talking about this? I should have just gone straight to the point. #NairobiFloods was the hashtag that was trending on Twitter for the better part of yesterday evening. It should be trending today too. Kenyans took to social media attacking the Nairobi County Government led by The Governor Evans Kidero for its failure to protect these floods from causing the kind of havoc it caused yesterday.

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Photo Credi: Lewis Bett (@MrLewisbett on Twitter)

During the last rains which worse than what we are seeing now, the County Government set aside a huge chunk of money for repairs.

To be exact, Kidero sets aside Sh50m to unclog Nairobi drainage. The government described the allocation as  emergency recovery fund for clearing blocked drains in a bid to avert a repeat of flooding and power blackouts experienced during the heavy rains.

We are now experiencing the same rains and the flooding is just bad. The effects are the same, from the flooding, the blackout just to mention a few. How was the Sh50m used? We don’t know…Was the unclogging done?..Well, maybe yes… Remember during the previous rains, apart from Kidero’s Sh.50m allocation,  the Ministry of Devolution also deployed 100,ooo National Youth Service servicemen to help  clear trenches.

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Back to yesterday. We threw all manner of insults at the County Government, what we failed to understand is that we also have a role to play here. Early this year we had a huge online debate on how we Nairobians have become so careless and are littering all over. We don’t care about the environment…the future. It is until disaster happens, when we start feeling the effects of us contributing to this mess. It is then that we remember oooh..we have the County Government that should have done this and that…oooh Kidero should explain to us how the El Nino disaster funds was utilised….Ooooh Corruption is why Nairobi County has poor drainage. Yes we have a right to ask all these questions, I mean Kidero is the governor and he needs to be accountable for every penny spent. But why are forgetting our roles in this? Or we just don’t care….

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Do we need more accountability from the County Government? Yes, money was allocated and we need to know where and how it was used.

What can we do? As much as we are blaming Kidero we should stop littering. We are the biggest contributors here too.

So Governor Kidero do your job and show us how our money was used. Nairobians help keep the city clean to avoid seeing the scenes we are seeing now. Even if we have a good drainage but we have all these plastic bags and bottles being thrown all over, what difference is that going to bring?