Peter Kenneth would be the most ideal candidate to help Nairobi regain glory

I last wrote of Peter Kenneth in November 2012, shortly after his declaration to vie for the presidency of Kenya.

His persona was refreshing, his vision of Kenya was immaculately articulated, and he exuded confidence speaking on nationalistic terms as opposed to tribal lines. I coined him a cheetah.

George Ayittey, a Ghanaian economist and professor, coined the phrase, “hippo and cheetah generations” to counterpose the incumbent native autocrats benefiting from the adverse status quo in African nations versus the dynamic, intellectually agile, and pragmatic African professionals, leaders and enthusiasts who despise the current state of inept leadership and lead the change.

My views of Peter Kenneth have not changed and his leadership based on genuinely moving Kenya forward is still what we need.

There is, however, a realism that we will continue to vote nationally on factors beyond strategic policies hence there was no surprise that Peter Kenneth was not in the leading pack of the 2013 presidential election.

It would be a significant waste of talent, perhaps even selfish, should Mr Kenneth continue to sit on the sidelines.

A second presidential push may still be beyond him, but the Nairobi governor position is well within his reach.

He has not sent any signals of interest in contesting the seat in 2017, but Mr Kenneth should consider this an appeal and one of many voices hoping to entice him to vie for this influential role.


Kenya is reaping benefits of merited leaders in key Cabinet positions and this calling has the same ingredients.

Nairobi is the heartbeat of Eastern Africa and it is only the will of the people that is driving the city forward.

Imagine the roar we can generate with a visionary, altruistic, strategically-minded Nairobi governor, a business-driven strategy to our social and economic challenges, a modern leadership to cities, a thriving, dynamic metropolis, and an inspired youth.

There was a shameful acceptance that Nairobi was not even whispered around the top performing counties debate; such is our embarrassed acceptance of inadequacy.

Realising our true potential will never be attained as long as we are anchored in selfish waters and married to irresponsible leadership.

Nairobi is too important to continue to be littered with discussions of scandals rather than those of development and Peter Kenneth will be committing a momentous societal sin by not vying for the Nairobi governor’s seat. No pressure, Sir.