Plans to have Elachi replace Sonko

Plans to have Elachi replace Sonko


The majority leader at Nairobi county assembly Abdi Guyo is said to be using a senior investigative officer at Ethics Anti-Corruption Commission who is Muslim to influence the current probe at City Hall.

Guyo, Weekly Citizen has information, wants the return of Beatrice Elachi as county speaker to act as governor once Mike Sonko is out of office. This is on grounds that Sonko has no deputy and in such circumstances, Elachi who the court has ruled to come back but was blocked by MCAs will be controlled by the powerful Guyo and Somali city tycoons currently finding it difficult to penetrate the Sonko regime.

Surprisingly, it is the same Guyo who sponsored the impeachment of Elachi after discovering that he was to be removed in the plum office of leader of majority.

Already, Guyo is collecting money from tycoons linked to City Hall mega scandals to bribe MCAs to allow Elachi back in her position. A source close to the power games told us that in the coming weeks, EACC will not give Sonko time to breath, thanks to Guyo’s good connections at the anti-graft institution. Once charged as the governor, his enemies plan is that Elachi who is linked to pro-state Embrace Women lobby will be recalled.

Guyo plan is to use Elachi power connections in Embrace Kenya to have city MCAs back referendum and endear himself to the establishment as assembly majority leader. It is on this basis analysts say that Sonko, to avoid a coup at City Hall, is likely to name his deputy to take care and protect his vision for city dwellers to avoid any eventuality.

Recently, the governor promised to name his deputy after being grilled by Kenya Revenue Authority over nonpayment of taxes by City Hall, not Sonko allied businesses and family as his detractors claimed.

There were even claims that Uhuru Kenyatta had refused to greet Sonko at JKIA upon his arrival from Japan.

It is imperative to note that Guyo and a section of City Hall cartel are behind the current backstabbing at the notorious City Hall. Recently, Guyo was the force behind a group of MCAs who flagged the suspicious Sh350 million garbage collection tender. The MCAs at one time were blocked from accessing Governor Sonko’s office.

Apart from a section of the MCAs, contractors, auctioneers are said to be in a celebratory mode after the EACC summoned Sonko. Money is being raised by City Hall cartels that have been looting for years to come back and if Sonko is shown the door and Elachi takes over, it will be business as usual.

Guyo leaked information that Sonko allegedly pocketed Sh20 million from a lucrative garbage collection contract, in order plunge the county into a crisis given how he has been running his affairs without a deputy.

Weekly Citizen has established that a section of the MCAs and contractors locked out of lucrative tender deals at City Hall resorted to setting up the county chief with the anti-graft sleuths.

Last week, Guyo held a meeting with a group of auctioneers. It is said, they came out openly to register difficulties they have faced when given a green light by court to effect evictions.

One of the auctioneers stated that their offices and clients were forced to part with millions of shillings prior to such evictions.

But for now City Hall is on fire in what has been described as a deadly political betrayal where previously perceived friends have turned against each other in a series of corruption expose that is only working better for taxpayers and anti-graft sleuths.

As section of MCAs are unhappy with Sonko’s style of leadership where they are not guaranteed handsome allowances and foreign trips as opposed to the days when Evans Kidero was governor.

An MCA privy to the happenings revealed how retired army officer only identified as Colonel Bashir was awarded security tender courtesy of Guyo where monthly payment per security officer is exaggerated at Sh80, 000 but only Sh15,000 is paid to the guards while the rest of the cash is divided between parties.

Some of the companies blacklisted but are fighting return courtesy of Guyo are Kaangi Construction, Yiro Constructions and Intakes Constructions among others.

Recently, county chief officer for planning Justus Kathenge was unceremoniously fired after it emerged that he was swindling millions of shillings from city contractors using the name of Sonko.

Weekly Citizen has established that the crafty officer on interdiction has resorted to using his secretary who takes backdated files to him at various highend hotels for signing.

Sonko tribulations started when he announced his intention to crack the whip on the senior officials. He categorically pointed at the lands and planning department whose officers he said have been co-opted by racketeers to the extent that they make sensitive decisions without his input.

However, in a swift counterattack, the marked officials reached Guyo and a section of MCAs to accuse the governor 0f runaway highprofile corruption that has robbed the county billions of shillings.

Apart from the sacked Kathenge who is fighting return once Sonko is pushed out, there are other prominent faces of corruption in the department also fashioning themselves as untouchable having made billions of shillings in a short time since Sonko took office.

Kathenge cartel is said to be enjoying protection of a powerful Jubilee MCA of Somali origin and Guyo. They have sabotaged the system so that the audit cannot take place. Guyo has been the link between the City Hall cartel and billionaire Somalis now engaged in mega constructions within the city estates and CBD.

Apart from Guyo, others who want Elachi are Osman Ibrahim (Eastleigh North), Fuad Hussein Mohamed (Airbase), Hassan Mohamed (California) and Osman Abdi (South C).