In Summary
  • To some, this is an indication that the governor takes no prisoners, not even his close friends.
  • To others, it is a continuation of his symptomatic chaotic reign since 2017.
  • Ms Janet Ouko remains one of the few people to have dared to take on the governor face on.

The recent suspension of Nairobi County Finance Executive Charles Kerich and his Health counterpart Mohamed Dagane follows a chain of high profile falling-out between Governor Mike Sonko and his officers.

To some, this is an indication that the governor takes no prisoners, not even his close friends; but to others, it is a continuation of his symptomatic chaotic reign since 2017.

Those who have gained any clout or felt comfortable with their closeness to Mr Sonko have either been suspended to clip their growing influence or cast aside altogether as he sees them as a threat to his powers within and without the county.

CLOSE FRIENDS

In only two years, more than five close friends have been shown the door in inexplicable circumstances, with critics describing him as a person who “operates in unfounded fears”.

The first casualties were his personal assistant Bernard Mulwa, delivery unit deputy director Joseph Ireri and Michael Mutua in November 2017 for allegedly soliciting bribes from youths with promise of jobs.

The falling-out with Mr Mulwa was soon followed by the resignation of Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe.

ERRAND BOY

During the campaigns, Mr Sonko had intimated that his deputy would be in charge of policy owing to his corporate background while he would deal with county politics; but that soon changed as sources said that Mr Igathe soon found himself reduced to an “errand boy”.

A post on his Twitter account as he resigned told it all.

“Dear Nairobians, it is with a heavy heart that I resign as elected deputy governor of Nairobi County effective 1pm on 31 Jan 2018. I regret I have failed to earn the trust of the Governor to enable me to drive the administration and management of the county.”

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