Nairobi’s next governor, according to a poll, is a ‘fighter’

Motivated by a recent opinion poll which favoured him to be the next Governor of Kenya’s city of Nairobi, Senator Mike Sonko engaged his governor Evans Kidero in a physical combat over allegations bordering corruption and political assassination.

The recent opinion poll conducted by the Center for African progress showed that if elections were to be conducted this year, Senator Mike Sonko is favoured by voters to win. The poll which surveyed over three thousand two hundred voters across the city found that the senator lead 40 percent ahead of Mr Kidero who had 32 percent.

The poll indicates that lack of performance, corruption scandals and the continued economic downturn in the city were the concerns of voters who believe Mr Kidero did not do well to address this issues.

The drama started when Mr Sonko at a Senate Public Accounts Committee meeting requested to show documents which allege the Governor’s involvement in diverting government property to himself and his wife.  Kenya’s Daily Nation reports that when Mr Sonko was allowed to present the documents, he went further to attack the governor verbally, calling him corrupt and a “murderer”.

The meeting which was disrupted on Wednesday morning was immediately adjourned when it degenerated to involve other senators in the fight. Mr Kidero hurriedly left the scene without answering questions from newsmen who were earlier dismissed as the proceedings went sour.

In the build-up to the clash, there were allegations of corruption and lack of performance leveled against the Governor by Mr Sonko, a claim many believe was true in view of the opinion polls. Mr Sonko who is gaining more support among voters in the city for being vociferous against Mr Kidero is seen as a major challenger of the incumbent ahead of the next elections billed to hold in 2017.

Fights in the form of physical combat during parliamentary proceedings in Africa are not a new phenomenon, particularly in countries like Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.