In Summary
  • Sonko accuses the commission’s director of investigations Abdi Mohamud of masterminding his tribulations.
  • The EACC has written to the Nairobi County government seeking additional documents for certain transactions.

The drama surrounding the leadership of Nairobi County has intensified after the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) summoned 15 current and former top officials for questioning.

Those asked to present themselves include county executive committee members.

This comes as ousted Jubilee Majority Leader in the County Assembly Abdi Guyo lost his second bid to get back at his friend-turned-foe, Governor Mike Sonko, after a court struck out an application opposing the new party leadership in the House.

Securing the support of ward reps is crucial for governors in executing their mandate. This is why Governor Sonko has forged a new alliance with Speaker Beatrice Elachi after falling out with Mr Guyo.

MEMBERS' DISCRETION

But since losing the Majority Leader’s post, Mr Guyo, the Spring Valley/Matopeni MCA, has waged an onslaught against the governor, blaming him for his woes and for the chaos that has rocked the assembly.

On Friday, Justice Onesmus Makau dealt Mr Guyo a big blow when he struck out a preliminary objection, saying majority and minority political parties in the county assembly are entitled to nominate their representatives at their discretion.

This means Dandora III MCA Charles Thuo and his Ziwani Kariokor counterpart Millicent Mugadi – who were on Wednesday endorsed by Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju – will remain majority leader and deputy majority leader, respectively.

But even as Governor Sonko celebrates his partial victory over the county assembly matters, his battle with the EACC seems to have intensified after the anti-graft agency directed 15 of his present and past executives and senior county officials to record statements from Tuesday next week.

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