Being vocal and a known ardent supporter of Raila Odinga, Hon. Aladwa has been away from the stage having many ask of his whereabouts.
The MP has resurfaced but in a fierce exchange with Gatundu MP Moses Kuria who alleged Aladwa had been appointed to the Budget and Appropriations Committee in Parliament to replace him in a perceived purge that is by all accounts, directed to William Ruto’s loyalists.
“Friends & haters are a reminder of who you are. Who would have thought that George Aladwa is my replacement as a member of the Budget & Appropriations Committee? Life is fake. Congratulations my brother. You won the loyalty test. I failed,” Hon. Kuria said.
George Aladwa found the above so disparaging and would not let it lie, coming up with a rebuttal that has had Moses Kuria not coming back to retaliate.
“Moses Kuria, with all due respect am not your equal. I am a seasoned politician who has served my people in major positions, last being the Mayor of the Capital City of this Great Republic Kenya, NAIROBI, unlike you. For your information, I have been sworn in a record of EIGHT times,” Aladwa clapped back.
Aladwa further found it pathetic to liken himself to Moses Kuria whom he said got to Parliament without any vote and thus shouldn’t fool himself as the electorate in Gatundu South may have a change of mind come 2022.
“Get your facts right before yapping here on social media. PAMBANA NA HALI YAKO!” Aladwa said.
Mr Kuria has been faulted for being exceedingly and inessentially vocal making him appear a blockhead when he actually could avoid it.
But who is George Aladwa?
As a child living in Makongeni, Mr Aladwa, who would one day become Nairobi’s Mayor, crammed with his seven siblings in a small 10ft by 10ft rental room. The former Mayor tells of a rough childhood. His mother used to sell porridge in Nairobi’s Industrial Area.
He attended Joseph Apudo Primary School in Makongeni before proceeding to Demesi Secondary School in Vihiga.
The third born, he could only go as far as Form Three before he dropped out due to lack of school fees. This is why he places a high premium on education and has enrolled his children in top city schools, he says.
It was only later in 2010, at the age of 40 that he did his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations as a private candidate. He is now enrolled at the Kenya Methodist University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Administration degree.
Married to a banker – a Ugandan national – Mr Aladwa has four children.
What does his family think of his politics? “They see me on TV. They are shaken but they know that’s my work.”
Born in 1970 in Makongeni Estate, Nairobi, Mr Aladwa got into politics at the age of 21 under the then influential Kenya African National Union (KANU) that was led by former President Daniel Arap Moi.
In his early years, he ran for the Makongeni Ward seat under KANU in both the 1992 and 1997 general elections, losing by 18 and 160 votes respectively.
“Nairobi’s politics is so much a matter of the party you are in. At that time, the opposition was very popular in the city.” He describes himself as a “mtu wa mtaa” (man of the people) whose votes were amassed through door-to-door campaigns seeing that he was a broke young man.
Despite having risen through the KANU party hierarchy in the city, Mr Aladwa chose to break from the party in 2001. Moi had anointed Uhuru Kenyatta to be the KANU flag bearer in the 2002 elections. There was a mass walkout led by LDP’s Raila Odinga.
The opposition leader and former Premier is the man who swayed Mr Aladwa and the gamble paid off as he clinched the Makongeni seat in the elections.
In 2007, he was re-elected the area councillor on an ODM ticket and would become the deputy Mayor.
It was Geoffrey Majiwa’s fate in 2011 when he lost the mayoral position over a cemetery land scandal, that gave Mr Aladwa a political boost.
But in 2013, his fortunes took a dip when he vied for the Makadara parliamentary seat but lost to Benson Mutura. The former Mayor claims to be a law-abiding citizen, saying he has only been arrested twice in his lifetime.
“I’ve never had handcuffs on my hands,” he says.
When he was arrested a day after Mr Tobiko, the then DPP, directed the police to probe him over his remarks, the Flying Squad officers who had been tracking him through his phone found him when he was having breakfast in a restaurant near the Railways headquarters.
“They were very polite. They even gave me time to settle my bill.”
The first time he was arrested was in June 2014, also over a statement that he made. At a CORD rally, he threatened to swear in Mr Odinga as Kenya’s President if the government failed to heed CORD’s calls for national dialogue.
But despite his self-proclaimed stellar record, a cursory browse reveals a chequered history.
In 2014 when Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero attempted to install Mr Aladwa as the chairman of Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC), his rival Mutura moved to court accusing him of abuse of office when he was Mayor.
And where does he get this money? “I run a Safaricom dealership and I’m also involved in real estate – the buying and selling of plots around the country,” he says.