Governor Sonko to Name Deputy, Fresh Cabinet This Friday Amidst Claims He Bullies CECs

After speculations, countless lobbying and series of meetings, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko will finally announce his Deputy on Friday almost a year since Polycarp Igathe called it quits.

Sonko will also declare his full cabinet on that day.

Tukirudi Nairobi, nakuja na full cabinet nakuja na Deputy Governor…” (When we get back to Nairobi, I will come with the full cabinet and a deputy governor) Sonko who is currently in Mombasa told a local TV.

The position of Nairobi Deputy Governor fell governor after Polycarp Igathe resigned on January 12, 2018 — five months after elections — citing failure to earn the trust of his boss Sonko.

The announcement comes amid talks of a possible crisis in the county following suspensions and resignation of County Executive Committee (CEC) members.

Several CECs have either been sent packing or suspended among them Veska Kangogo, Danvas Makori, and Emma Mukuhi.

Education CEC Education executive Janet Ouko has also resigned terming Sonko as a bully with self esteem issues.

Ouko said she resigned because she could not continue to work in an environment filled with threats, intimidation and blackmail.

“Everyday you are being threatened to be fired, arrested or taken to court. I just couldn’t work under that kind of environment. The rest of the CECs who are there are experiencing the same but are afraid.”

Later speaking to KTN News, Ouko said that Sonko has low self-esteem and should allow people to decide when to leave office without being intimidated.

“Akuwe tu mature… tunadeal na mtu ambaye self esteem yake iko chini kabisa… hii si ndoa hii ni kazi… (He should act maturely… we are dealing with someone with a low self esteem… this is not a marriage but work),” Ouko said.

“It is really embarrassing seeing the governor misuse the power granted to him by Nairobians so as to mistreat those under his leadership,” she added.

Devolution CEC Larry Wambua’s fate remains uncertain leaving three CECs Allan Igambi (Finance), Charles Kerich (Lands) and Mohammed Dagane (Transport) in office.

In October last year, the Nairobi County Public Service Board put out a notice calling for applications for five positions of CEC’s. This was part of governor Sonko’s move to replace sacked CEC’s and those whose contracts had run out.

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