Barely a day after Ann Kananu took over as Nairobi acting governor, former governor Mike Sonko’s men and women are besieged at City Hall. Chief finance officer Johnson Akongo has been moved from the plum position and replaced by Halake Waqo.
Halake is close to majority leader Abdi Guyo. Guyo is now calling the shots at City Hall after effectively haunting Sonko and former speaker Beatrice Elachi out of office. A shrewd operative with understanding of city politics, Guyo is likely to play a role on who will be the next deputy governor. Several departments in the county starting with the lucrative liquor licensing board have been dismantled. All liquor heads in Nairobi’s 17 sub-counties have been sacked with new faces taking over. In Embakasi South, Urbanus Mutinda was appointed while Jane Ndegwa was put in charge of Starehe.
Other appointees were Caroline Wangechi for Mathare, Nathan Muli, Langata, Boniface Oloo, Kamukunji, Michael Waweru, Kasarani), Thomas Kibiru, Makadara, George Maina, Embakasi North, Aineah Ombima, Dagorretti North, Mercy Mutegi, Embakasi Central, Sylvia Otieno, Embakasi West, Lucy Munene, Embakasi East, Eddah Adede, Westlands, Joseph Karani, Roysambu, Mike Guoro, Dagorretti South, Oscar More, Ruaraka and Jackoniah Onyango, Kibra. The department that implements national government policy on alcoholic drinks is said to have been infiltrated by cartels and failed to rise up to the expectations.
The Sonko orphans have now become the target of the new county bosses with some being fired on phone. Those targeted are said to be those who were wheeler-dealers in the Sonko government. There is intense lobbying to fill strategic positions in the Nairobi county government with officers who will work closely with the Mohammed Badi’s Nairobi Metropolitan Services. During his tenure as acting governor, speaker Bernard Mutura, had made several changes in his cabinet and more reshuffle is in the offing as Kananu takes charge.
In the changes brought about by Mutura, former education executive Janet Ouko made a comeback to the county’s cabinet. Ouko who resigned from the county government in January, 2019, was appointed to her former docket. She replaced Lucia Mulwa, who incidentally took over the same docket following Ouko’s resignation. Mulwa was reassigned to the agriculture, fisheries and livestock department which has been vacant since the sacking of the former holder of the position Winnie Kathenge last year.
The changes saw chief officer Jairus Musumba appointed as the acting county secretary replacing Justus Kathenge. Mutura also brought in human rights activist and lawyer Brian Weke who joined the city county government as legal adviser in the office of the governor while former councillor Paul Mutungi replaced Brian Mugo as the chief of staff.