Nairobi County Unrest

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Sonko axes ‘disloyal’ City Hall Finance chief Kahiga, Agriculture’s Gathangu

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has fired two County Executive Committee (CEC) Members Pauline Kahiga (Finance) and Winfred Gathangu (Agriculture).

The Governor, cabinet changes effected on Friday, also reinstated two CEC Members he fired last year; Mohamed Dagane (Transport) and Charles Kerich (Lands and Urban Planning).

The two were suspended in September 2019 alongside 14 others via a Facebook post following the collapse of Precious Talent School in Nairobi’s Dagoretti leading to the death of 8 students.

Kerich was then deemed the Super CEC Member in the county, overseeing delivery of programs by his cabinet colleagues.

On January 20, some members of Nairobi County Assembly allied to Sonko stormed the Finance office in a bid to eject Kahiga for failing to settle pending bills for suppliers who were said to have not been included in the list of eligible suppliers.

Governor Sonko’s decision to reshuffle his cabinet came just a day after an anti-corruption court in Nairobi on Thursday declined to Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji’s application to cancel bail terms issued to Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal after he re-aligned his cabinet.

The DPP had argued that Kasaine who is out of office over corruption charges violated his bail terms by doing so.

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Timothy Omondi