Evans Odhiambo Kidero is set to be coronated as Luo Kingpin on Friday 8 January 2021 at his Asumbi ancestral home in Homabay County.
Evans Odhiambo Kidero.
Usually such claims of self-coronation among the Luo nation is met with vehement criticism from allies of Raila Odinga who confuse discussions on his succession with mutiny to the tribal course. The fact that Kidero's upcoming coronation has not met serious ridicule apart from paid-for bloggers such as Onyango Alai is a big indicator that the space is opening up for constructive discussion on the matter of Raila Succession.
Today Raila turned 76 and Kenyans from all walks of life wished him well, with the media detailing the multitudes of his achievements in the political sphere. No doubt Raila is an enigma, a hero and a legend. He is also the first person outside the Kalenjin and Kikuyu monopoly who presented himself as a serious contender for the Kenyan presidency.
Therefore for Evans Odhiambo Kidero to offer himself in line for succession at this point in time it means the Luo nation is ready to candidly evaluate and consider this 4 Reasons Why Kidero Could Likely Succeed Raila.
1. National Image
Raila Amollo Odinga has cut an excellent national profile hard to match having been in public service for over fifty years. Kidero is the only other Luo leader whose public portfolio is self-made from direct personal achievements without the blessings of a Godfather.
The only other Luo leader who interacts with Peter Kenneth, Francis Atwoli, Maina Kamanda and other 'System' bigwigs on a first name basis and equal footing is Kidero.
3. Financial Clout
Kidero is said to have made millions as the CEO of Mumias Sugar in eight years but his real wealth comes from the wheelerdealing his position as the first Governor of Nairobi County entailed. His name is mentioned in virtually all mega-scandals of the last decade; but so are the names of Kenya's top-tier national leaders.
Kidero has previously been feted in Muhoroni by Luo Council Of Elders.
The mantle of Luo Kingpin or Spokesperson has been an issue of long-standing dispute among the Luo sub-clans with many advocating for a revolving system. The Luo "Ker" is currently from South Nyanza (Willis Opiyo Otondi) as the political spokesperson is from Central (Raila Amollo Odinga). Should there be a tribally sanctioned Kingpin he, of necessity, must of therefore come from South Nyanza which factor favors Evans Odhiambo Kidero.
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