Since the famous handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga last year, the later has become so unpredictable in the Kenyan politics that you don’t know if the word predictable will remain in his dictionary or not.
From visiting retired presidents Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki at their homes to taking photos with President Uhuru and earning him many friends who had cursed his presidential candidature, the former Prime Minister is now believed to be fronting the youthful Sirisia politician Moses Nandalwe for the vacant Nairobi’s Deputy Governor seat.
This follows yesterdays photos that emerged from City Hall where Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and Mr. Moses Nandalwe held a closed-door meeting for two hours.
Sources privy to the meeting have whispered to this writer that the meeting was arranged by Raila Odinga with the aim of giving the seat to Mr. Nandalwe.
The seat fell vacant early last year when Sonko’s deputy Mr. Polycarp Igathe tendered his resignation, rendering Sonko without an aid for a year now.
What followed was a series of drama as Governor Sonko controversially nominated the deported lawyer Dr. Miguna Miguna in May last year, a move that flopped on legal background.
Since then, the former Makadara MP has fumbled all the way with the recent headlines capturing him as saying that he would not be forced to nominate his Deputy.
But according to the source familiar with the unfoldings, Raila Odinga, who is Nandalwe’s political mentor and party leader in ODM, is said to be fronting Nandalwe for the coveted post.
“We are aware that Nasa Leader is using his friendship with President Uhuru to have an ODM member take up the position as an extension of the handshake,” said a Nairobi County MCA who requested for anonymity to avoid being victimised by his Jubilee party.
But when reached for comments, the former Nairobi University confirmed meeting Mr. Sonko at City Hall but refused to share the details of their meeting.
“As you can see in the photos, I was with H.E Governor Mike Sonko but what we discussed remains private,” Nandalwe told Wakajuanes.Com via phone call.
Mr Nandalwe ditched Ford Kenya party ahead of last general election and joined ODM party which he used to vie for the Sirisia parliamentary seat but lost to Mr. John Waluke of Jubilee party.
Mr. Nandalwe has remained active in the political spheres back home.
His Nandalwe Foundation recently won an Award during a Western Counties Gala night held in Busia town for changing the lives of the community in his constituency.
If these allegations are proved with an appointment for Nandalwe, then it would be interesting to see how the people of Nairobi will react to his new post.