There is tension at the Nairobi city county headquarters following a looming cabinet reshuffle mainly targeting chief executive committee members allied to impeached governor Mike Sonko.
Constitutionally, CECs appointed by a governor cease to hold office once the position of the respective county chief falls vacant.
Among the CECs are Janet Ouko (education, youth, sports, gender affairs, culture and social services) Mohamed Dagane (roads, public works and transport), Vesca Kangongo (devolution, public service and administration) and Larry Wambua (environment, energy, water and natural resources).
Others are Hitan Majevdia (health services), Lucia Muli (food, agriculture, livestock development, fisheries and forestry), Newton Njiru (ICT and E-Government), Allan Igambi (finance and economic planning) and Charles Kerich (lands, urban planning, urban renewal, housing and project management).
The looming dissolution of the cabinet is said to be at the behest of the deep state, which has a tight grip on the county leadership after Sonko’s exit.
It is said CECs allied to Sonko were handpicked by the former governor and have failed to deliver while at the same time abetting corruption.
The said CECs have been frustrating the Nairobi Metropolitan Services-led Abdalla Badi since they now remain in the county government as Sonko’s moles.
NMS has the blessings of Uhuru Kenyatta and was made more powerful when the inept former governor signed an execution order of the transfer of functions to the national government. The functions that were transferred include transport and planning.
It had earlier been expected that acting governor Benson Mutura would dissolve the cabinet upon assuming power but it never happened as it was seen to be illegal by virtue of acting.
According to insiders at the county headquarters, powerful players in Uhuru government had been embroiled in a scheme to block a by-election that could have been conducted in March upon the expiry of three month that speaker Mutura is acting.
The powerful individuals, in the behind-the-scene gimmicks, prevailed upon MCAs to vet Anne Kananu as deputy governor nominee. Kananu was hurriedly sworn into office as the Nairobi county deputy governor.
Intense lobbying is now on by the state said to be shopping for CECs who will aid NMS agenda of transforming the city county, which was moribund during Sonko’s tenure.
Impeccable sources aver that the intense lobbying for the highly coveted positions will culminate in the appointment of a new cabinet and deputy governor when Kananu takes over as county boss in March.