Chiefs at a past function. Nairobi County government officials claim there are plans to use chiefs in Nairobi to undermine Governor Mike Sonko. PHOTO | FILE
By ABDULHAKIM SHERMAN
Differences between Interior PS Karanja Kibicho and Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko have deteriorated to new levels following allegations that the PS had hatched a plot to use chiefs and their assistants to frustrate the Nairobi County Government.
Close confidantes of Governor Sonko claim that they have received information that the Interior PS has instructed chiefs and their assistants to demolish unplanned structures of small scale traders across Nairobi and later blame it on the County government.
On Wednesday night Administrative Police officers demolished kiosks in Roy Sambu leaving dozens of informal traders helpless. The APs later claimed they had received orders from the County government.
Mr Sonko and Mr Kibicho have been embroiled in a supremacy war following claims by the governor that the PS was among Mt Kenya leaders out to frustrate Deputy President William Ruto’s to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.
Last month, Mr Sonko alleged there is a plot by a section of leaders from the Mt Kenya region to scuttle Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential ambitions in 2022.
Without delving into much detail, Governor Sonko claimed a section of political leaders from the region are holding night meetings to craft a plan to field a presidential candidate.
“We are aware that some politicians from Mount Kenya have been holding night meetings in Nairobi to craft plans on how to support one of their own in 2022,” he said on Sunday during a service at Presbyterian Church of East Africa in Runda, Nairobi, presided over by Mr Ruto.
The governor later singled out PS Kibicho as among those out to frustrate DP Ruto’s 2022 succession plans. Since then the two have been involved in a bitter exchange of words.
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko (left) and Deputy President William Ruto sing during Sunday service at PCEA Evergreen Church in Runda on March 25, 2018. Mr Ruto asked politicians to shun divisive politics. PHOTO | COURTESY
City Hall officials claim there is also a plot to hold anti-Sonko demonstrations in Nairobi as part of the swear campaign against the governor.
“We have reliably learnt that plans have been put in place to organize protests in Kasarani over the poor state of the Kasarani/Mwiki road and blame Sonko for failing to repair the road yet the road falls under the docket of Keya Urban Roads Authority,” an official who talked to Daily Reporter said.
On Sunday, Mr Sonko defended his administration against accusations that it’s chaotic and unfocused, saying he is committed to delivering on his election pledges.
He pointed a finger to “outside forces unhappy with his leadership,” and specifically accused Mr Kibicho of undermining his leadership.
“I want to tell this PS, who has been fighting me, that he will not succeed in his attempts to put me at loggerheads with the Kikuyu community,” he said during a “Doing Good” day celebrations, an international day that recognizes remarkable contributions made by individuals to society, at City Hall, Nairobi.
His comments came against a backdrop of multiple reshuffles in his county executive and claims of spying on his staff.
Part of the problems facing Mr Sonko’s administration is his failure to nominate his deputy more than a month since the Supreme Court gave an advisory opinion, allowing governors to nominate a deputy whenever a vacancy arises.
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has accused Interior PS Karanja Kibicho of undermining his administration. PHOTO | FILE
The Senate has also adopted amendments to the County Government Act, allowing governors to appoint deputies whenever there is a vacancy.
His former deputy, Mr Polycarp Igathe, resigned on January 12, barely six months after assuming office, citing failure to earn the trust of his boss to enable him to deliver services to the people.
The governor recently sacked the county executive committee member for Finance Mr Danvas Makori barely two months after he appointed him, accusing him of working for his political enemies.
Mr Makori, who was replaced by Lands CEC member Charles Kerich in acting capacity, is said to be a relative of nominated MP Maina Kamanda, whom Mr Sonko has accused of undermining his administration.
On Sunday, theSunday Nationcarried a detailed story about Mr Sonko’s administration, portraying a governor with little regard for order and protocol. The governor is said to report to office as early as 5am and leaves late in the night.
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