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Evans Kidero places double bet on CAS role, Homa Bay poll petition

By Wangu Kanuri February 21st, 2023 2 min read

Evans Kidero will soon have two senior jobs in government if everything goes as planned.

The only problem here is the constitution will not allow him to hold both.

The former Nairobi governor has placed a double bet by applying for the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) job in President William Ruto’s government while also contesting his loss in the Homa Bay gubernatorial elections in the August 2022 polls.

Kidero who contested as an independent candidate garnered 154,182 votes, with Gladys Wanga, the eventual winner, garnering 244,559.

Kidero has moved to court challenging Wanga’s victory claiming the polls were marred with massive irregularities, voter bribery, swapping of results, voter suppression, and voter manipulation that compromised its integrity.

This, he said was made possible by outright violence, which in some instances was presided over by security officers and provincial administrators.

He has listed 400 polling stations to be scrutinized by the Homa Bay High Court.

Dr Kidero is hoping the recount of votes will expose claims of anomalies in the poll. Hearing continues.

In the best-case scenario, he will get a favourable ruling by the Homabay High Court and win the repeat election to be the county’s governor while having already been appointed CAS.

In the worst-case scenario, he will not be appointed CAS and lose the court case.

Prior to contesting for the gubernatorial seat, Kidero served as the Managing Director of the Mumias Sugar company for eight years.

He then served as the city boss from 2013 to 2017 then lost to Mike Sonko.

Known as a man of means Dr Kidero’s stint as governor was characterized by corruption cases.

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