ODM leader Raila Odinga has endorsed Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi a week after he declared his bid for Nairobi Governor’s seat.
The former Prime Minister’s move comes weeks after his wife Mama Idah, publicly endorsed the second-time legislator for the top City job.
Before the declaration day, a section of city politicians had tried to launch scathing attacks against Wanyonyi dismissing his ambition to be the third elected Governor of Nairobi.
The ODM leader, while addressing Azimio la Mama event in Nairobi on Thursday, November 18, came short of declaring the second-term legislators as the ODM’s preferred gubernatorial candidate in the 2022 elections when he urged him to address City challenges. He told Wanyonyi, who was in attendance, to ensure that city markets are clean to offer a conducive working environment for traders.
“I am happy that I am joined by the incoming governor of Nairobi here,” he said as he responded to the concern raised. Odinga was responding to a concern raised by one of the participants who were concerned about the state of city markets and it was at that point that he recognized the ODM MP.
So far, it is only Wanyonyi who has declared interest in flying the ODM party’s flag in the race for the governorship of the city. During his declaration, Wanyonyi laid down 10 strategic plans that would guide him should he be elected.
In the 10-point agenda, he said he foresees a transformed Nairobi into an economic powerhouse and a real smart city. He said he is committed to transforming Nairobi into an economic powerhouse and a smart City.