Theirs read like episodes from a well-knit ‘Deep State Wars’ series. The tiff between powerful Interior PS Karanja Kibicho and Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was no kids play.
Both are strong willed; strong headed and battle hardened. Both have resources to make the life of the other, living hell. So bad was it that it created a rift between the Governor and the GEMA community.
Early in the year, Kibicho who controls the provisional administration allegedly ordered all chiefs in Nairobi’s administrative areas to sabotage Governor Sonko.
Part of the plan was to organize protests in Kasarani over the poor state of the Kasarani/Mwiki road and blame Sonko for failing repair the road yet the road falls under the docket of Keya Urban Roads Authority.
Plans had also been hatched by Kibicho to demolish structures of small scale traders across Nairobi and later blame Sonko for frustrating informal traders from the Kikuyu community.
Just slightly over two months ago, Kibicho accused Sonko of creating and funding a militia group going by the name Sonko Defence Force.
Sonko denied the claims, and pointed fingers at Kibicho for allegedly trying to paint him in negative light.
Public exchanges between the duo fizzled when then Citizen TV‘s Salim Swaleh is said to have delivered to Sonko a recording of the Interior PS insulting the former- their wars were played in cards.
In June, the bullish PS who formerly worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, enlisted the services of newly appointed Nation Media Group’s Editorial Director Mutuma Mathiu.
Mathiu, was introduced to Kibicho by the ministry’s spokesman, Mwenda Njoka, a journalist.
It is through Mathiu that negative stories were planted in the media house that has in the past been accused of serving vested political and commercial interests, Sonko believes.
On June 8, Nation carried an article “Mike Sonko: Paranoid or Master of Blackmail?” explaining why he uses what some would call underhanded means in dealing with fellow politicians and ordinary citizens. Another article read, “the mad house that is Sonko’s City Hall.”
Not to take jabs while on the low, Sonko has often hit back, at one point telling Kibicho that he was ‘a very small man.’
The Nairobi County boss went on to warn the PS that he will not allow him (Karanja) to dictate to him how to run the county.
He once took to Facebook to fire Salvos at Kibicho, terming him as ‘part of the system’ and saying he cannot be killed like the ‘system killed the late Saitoti.’
But all that is water under the bridge now. On Sunday, Sonko revealed how President Uhuru Kenyatta mediated to end the beef between himself and Kibicho.
Sonko spoke during an interview with K24’s Punchline political show.
“It’s true we used to have issues but I think we sorted (them) out. I think the President called him and called me. We had tea together and shook hands. We are now working together,” Sonko revealed.
A day later, Kibicho confirmed that indeed there is a truce.
Although he did not delve into details of their relationship, Kibicho said they are friends as Sonko had previously alluded to. The PS made the remarks while updating the nation on the ongoing census progress.
“The governor said we are friends and we truly are,” Kibicho said at the Government media center in Teleposta Towers.
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