|Governor of Nairobi County|
|Assumed office |
27 March 2013
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Mike Sonko|
|Born||20 May 1957|
|Spouse(s)||Susan Mboya -Kidero|
|Alma mater||University of Nairobi (BPharm) |
Evans Odhiambo Kidero (born May 20, 1957) is a Kenyan politician and former Governor of Nairobi County. He served as CEO of Mumias Sugar Company for 8 years, resigning in 2012 to join elective politics.
Kidero was born in Majengo as the eldest in a family of 7. He attended Mangu High School where he eventually became Head Boy, also known as prefect. He graduated from the University of Nairobi in 1983 with a Degree in Pharmacy and went on to obtain a Masters in Business Administration at the Kenyan United States International University in 1990. He was CEO of the Mumias Sugar Company for eight years before resigning from that position in 2012 to pursue a career in politics.
Following a petition by Ferdinand Waititu, who ran against him in the gubernatorial election, Kidero was ousted as Nairobi Governor, with the court citing electoral malpractices. Kidero was later reinstated by the Supreme Court following an appeal that overturned the decision of the Court of Appeal. In 2017 elections, Evans Kidero will be seeking to defend the positions under competition by current Senator Mike Sonko, 2013 presidential aspirant Peter Kenneth, and business woman Esther Passaris.
Dr. Kidero is married to Susan Mboya, daughter of the late Kenyan politician, Tom Mboya. He has three children from a previous marriage to the late Abigail Odhiambo Kidero.
Kidero lost to Mike Sonko on the 2017 election
Graft Charges And Arrest
In August 2018 Evans was arrested on charges of abuse of office, money laundering and bribery. In October 2018, it was further revealed the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission was investigating him for alleged embezzlement of public funds while at the helm of the Nairobi County and the Mumias Sugar Company Limited.
However, these charges have not been verified and it is seen as a political witch hunt by politicians from western Kenya who find leverage in discussing the Mumias Sugar company collapse issue in public.
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