Sonko, Kidero supporters clash at County Assembly as senator names graft suspects

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko’s supporters faced off with Senator Mike Sonko’s outside City Hall on Tuesday. The crowds sang songs in praise of their preferred leader and in mockery of the other, and teased each other.

Sonko’s supporters had gathered ahead of his address to city MCAs following their return to work after the December holidays. Kidero’s supporters also showed up. Two trucks of anti-riot police were deployed to maintain order.

Sonko arrived from a shop on Mama Ngina Street where he had gone to photocopy a bundle of documents. He said the documents support his claims that corruption is rampant at City Hall.

Sonko claimed that Sh252 million was embezzled during Kidero’s transition into office. He said officials did not bank the money as required.
He further accused Chief of Staff George Wainaina of corruption and one Peter Hongo of fraudulently awarding a garbage collection tender.

“Poverty and unemployment are affecting our people. The county government needs to create wealth. I will support the county in formulating laws but the Executive should address issues of accountability. We can only make Nairobi great if individuals do not steal public money,” he said.

Sonko said he has played an oversight role in administration. He said the county chief finance officer Jimmy Kiamba was sent on compulsory leave over corruption following his intervention.

“I have ensured public land is not grabbed, I intervened in the cases of Buruburu Girls and Kamukunji high schools whose grabbed land has been returned,” he added.

Sonko condemned Wainaina for leasing Bowling Green Restaurant along Limuru road to a private company saying the decision was rushed while Kidero was new in office. He asked the governor to clean up the procurement process which he said is flawed.


Jubilee to back Kidero against impeachment motion

Jubilee MCAs in Nairobi county yesterday said they will not support a motion to impeach Governor Evans Kidero.

Cord MCAs plan to impeach Kidero on grounds that he is not performing and he is disloyal to ODM.

Minority leader Abdi Guyo said, however, Jubilee will seek dialogue to iron out contentious issues.

‘We will not be party to that. We will root for dialogue as President Uhuru has always said. We will not agree to be used as a rubber stamp,” he told the Star on the phone yesterday.

Karen MCA David Mberia said once the assembly reconvenes on Tuesday, they will table an impeachment motion against Kidero.

“Kidero has done nothing for the county. When the Lang’ata Road Primary School land was grabbed, the governor kept mum and only spoke after everybody else had spoken,” he said.

“Kidero is actually disinterested in serving Nairobians and it’s time we got serious as MCAs and removed him from office.”

Last week, majority leader Elias Otieno, a close ally of Kidero, asked him to resign from ODM and seek reelection on a different party ticket.

Kidero supports Philip Okundi of Maendeleo Democratic Party against Moses Kajwang’ of ODM in the Homa Bay senator by-election to be held on Thursday next week.

Guyo said, however, Kidero is free to support whoever he wants in Homa Bay.


Kidero asked to declare his party status

Kasipul Kabondo MP Oyugi Magwanga has challenged Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero to either accept or deny being the patron of Maendeleo Democratic Party.

This comes after Kidero’s declared his support for Philip Okundi, a Homa Bay Senator candidate under the MDP ticket.

Magwanga also asked Rangwe MP George Oner and Karachuonyo’s James Rege to resign from ODM and seek fresh mandates within MDP.

“I want to tell Kidero to come out clearly and confirm or deny that he is not the Maendeleo party patron and those who are opposed to ODM candidate Moses Kajwang’s candidature for the Homa Bay Senatorial seat to resign,” he told the Star on phone on Wednesday.

Magwanga further asked Kidero to appreciate his election on an ODM ticket.

“We cannot have a constituency which wants to be in charge of all leadership positions. The power must be distributed in the entire county,” he said.

Magwanga acknowledged that MPs have the right to support their candidates of choice in the race, but warned that ODM should not end up divided.

ODM gave Kajwang a direct nomination for the senate seat which fell vacant after the death of his brother Otieno Kajwang in November 2014.

During the 2013 general elections, it was reportedly agreed that the governor’s post be reserved for Karachuonyo, senator for Suba and women’s rep for Rangwe. Kidero and Okundi however hail from Rangwe.


Kidero suspends 18 officials from housing department

Nairobi governor Dr Evans Kidero has suspended Chief officer in charge of planning, urban development and housing Rose Mwema in the wake of the collapsed Huruma building that killed four.

Kidero who made good an announcement on Monday that officers found culpable in failing to follow due diligence and clearing buildings for construction without proper inspections would be punished, also suspended Director of Enforcement Jairus Gathenge.

Eighteen other officers have been sent packing to pave way for investigations into their involvement in clearing buildings within the city for construction.

The seven-storey Huruma building collapsed on Sunday evening barely three weeks after another structure came down killing six people and injuring several others.


Kidero, Ranguma ranked as worst performing governors

Nairobi governor Dr Evans Kidero and his Kisumu counterpart Jack Ranguma have been ranked as the worst performing county heads in a report released by the Constitution and Reform Education Consortium.

According to the CRE-CO report that covered 10 counties, 53 percent of Nairobi residents interviewed said they are dissatisfied with Kidero’s performance since his election. The number of voters dissatisfied with Ranguma is higher with the report showing 67 percent of respondents being unhappy with Ranguma.

In contrast, respondents in Murang’a and Bomet counties have expressed general satisfaction with their elected governors Mwangi Wa Iria and Isaac Rutto respectively.

Iria scored a 71 percent approval rate while Ruto got an endorsement from 63 percent of those interviewed by CRE-CO.

The other governors studied in the opinion survey were Mombasa county’s Hassan Joho who came third with a 61 percent approval rating, Trans Nzoia’s Patrick Khaemba who scored 59 percent, Julius Malombe of Kitui county with 57 percent, Issa Timamy of Lamu county with 50 percent, and Kenneth Lusaka and Salim Mvurya of Bungoma and Kwale scoring 34 percent and 31 percent respectively.


County workers call off Wednesday strike

Nairobi county workers will not go on strike Wednesday as earlier planned. This is after the county government agreed to pay the workers their salary arrears between today and Wednesday next-week.

The Nairobi County Government agreed to pay the county workers Sh400 million which is three months’ salary arrears. The initial agreement stated that the arrears were to be paid in October with the remaining Sh600 million to be settled in December.


Luo elders ‘identify’ Raila successor

One faction of the Luo Council of Elders Monday announced that it had identified a person they hope will succeed opposition leader Raila Odinga. Chairman Willis Otondi said they have already identified a “shrewd leader capable of fitting in Raila’s shoes”.

“We have already reached consensus on a politician whom we deem able to take up the leadership of the Luo community after Raila,” Otondi said.

This came as Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero said that his presidential ambition was unstoppable, despite opposition from some politicians in Nyanza. Kidero said his bid for the presidency is irreversible as he has “what it takes to lead Kenya”, using the opportunity to defend his many harambees in the region.

“The harambees we are doing are aimed at boosting development. Those questioning where some of us get money should keep theirs in their pockets,” Kidero said.

Otondi is known to be close to Raila and has been leading a faction of the Luo Council of Elders while Riaga Ogalo leads another faction that now backs Kidero for President.


Raila, Uhuru, Ruto, Sonko to attend Gor Mahia fundraiser

On Thursday, CORD leader Raila Odinga will put aside any political differences he has with the President, DP and Senator Mbuvi Sonko to attend the fund raiser for Gor Mahia football club. This according to a report in the East African Standard.

“Raila is the club’s patron, the president and his deputy have also pledged their assistance to Gor Mahia in tomorrow’s fundraiser which targets to raise Sh20 million,” Gor Mahia Deputy Secretary Anima Ferrari Oketch said.

The fundraiser will be presided over by Governor Evans Kidero who urged the club’s well wishers to join him in boossting the club’s fortunes.

“Gor Mahia has weathered the storm this season. The fundraiser is to give the team stability ahead of the 2015 season.” “Supporters who are not able to make it to the fundraiser can channel their funds to Gor Mahia paybill number 350100. Please join us as we show passion for one of Africa’s iconic football teams,” Kidero added.

MPs tell Kidero to stop harambees and do work

A group of Nairobi TNA MPs yesterday asked Governor Evans Kidero to concentrate on work instead of conducting harambees in Nyanza.

The MPs who were meeting in Nairobi said that while Nairobi residents are facing many challenges, the Governor is busy fundraising for another county. They said Kidero should have vied at a county in Nyanza if that is where his heart lies. The group said Kidero should stop neglecting Nairobi.

The MPs said Kidero should know that Nairobi residents are also in need of aid and he should concentrate his harambees in the county.

TNA secretary general Onyango Oloo said: “Kidero should stop taking Nairobi people for a ride. They pay his salary, but he prefers to help and spend time in Nyanza. He had a chance to vie in Nyanza. His attempts to help his old schoolmates and villagers at the expense of Nairobians is a very ill conceived idea.” Kidero has been conducting harambees in Nyanza, a move that has also put him at crossroads with his own party ODM.


Nairobi reps blow Sh47 million in 90 days

The Nairobi government has spent Sh103.3 million on travel alone in three months.

Some Sh63.5 million was spent on domestic trips and Sh39.8 million on foreign travel. Nairobi MCAs have spent Sh47 million on foreign and domestic trips in three months.

According to the revenue and expenditure returns tabled in the county assembly, the MCAs have spent Sh13.8 million on domestic travel and Sh33.9 million on foreign trips. The MCAs have netted Sh35.3 million in sitting allowances in three months.

The MCAs have spent Sh7.3 million on training. Governor Evans Kidero’s office has spent Sh5.2 million on foreign travel and Sh4 million on domestic trips bringing the total sum to Sh9.2 million in three months.

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Kidero Finally Explains Road Naming ‘Incidence’

Nairobi County Governor, Evans Kidero who was reportedly angered by his county officials actions to mount a road sign with his name on it, has confirmed that the sign board has been pulled down.


Mounted metres from the Galleria shopping mall, the sign board which read ‘Dr. Evans Kidero Road’ largely attracted criticism on social media.

“I have consequently instructed the concerned officials to pull it down with immediate effect” Kidero said.

“The road naming incident obviously isn’t a priority for Nairobi and it was done unfortunately without my knowledge or consent” he added.

Kidero retracts ban on alcohol at Kabeberi Sevens

There will be no outright ban on alcohol consumption at this weekend’s Kabeberi Sevens rugby tournament at the Nairobi Railways club as earlier stated.

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has retracted his earlier order prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol at the event.

The Governor now says his officers and the event organizers will just work to ensure alcohol use is regulated during the tournament.

Matatus to pay less to park within Nairobi

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Matatu operators will pay less for parking within the Nairobi CBD starting next month.

14-seater matatus will now pay a monthly fee of Sh3, 650 down from Sh5, 000. Those with a capacity to carry 41 passengers will pay Sh5, 500 down from Sh8, 000 while buses which previously paid Sh 10, 000 will now pay Sh7, 250.

The new rates were announced by Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero yesterday during the launch of an e-payment facility for matatu operators in the city.