Reconcile Kidero and Khalwale, Raila Told

TWO ODM leaders in Nairobi yesterday urged Cord leaders to reconcile Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale.

County party chairman George Aladwa and deputy secretary general Reuben Ndolo said the Kidero-Khalwale wrangles could weaken Cord’s grip on Nairobi politics.

They appealed to co-principals Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka to intervene. The two are out of the country. Speaking at a press conference, they urged Kidero to withdraw the defamation suit he filed against Khalwale, saying it would promote reconciliation.

“We urge our principals to convene a high-level meeting to seek a truce between the warring leaders after the departure of President Obama,” Aladwa said.

On Friday last week, supporters of the two leaders clashed outside the Milimani law courts, forcing the police to shoot in the air to disperse them.

Kidero, former managing director of Mumias Sugar Company, has sued Khalwale for linking him to the near collapse of the company.

Aladwa and Ndolo said Khalwale should apologise to the governor for the public statement that might tarnish his image. “Kidero and Khalwale are strong pillars of the opposition coalition and any differences among our leaders should not spill over to the streets and divide our people. This will only help our rivals,” Ndolo said.

He said the hooligans who nearly lynched Khalwale, forcing him to take cover in a public toilet, must be brought to book. “The Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett must swing into action,” Aladwa, a former Nairobi mayor said. He said the ODM grassroots elections which start on July 31 must be peaceful.