Nairobi Government is creating offices to reward Governor Mike Sonko’s cronies after key positions in the county were filled by people reportedly fronted by State House.
Yesterday, the county public service board (CPSB) advertised for the position of deputy county secretary, an office that is not provided for in law.
The County Government Act only recognised the office of the county secretary.
But the CPSB chairman Philip Kungu defended the creation of the office saying the Act gives the powers to establish and abolish offices in the county public service.
“For purposes of efficiency in the county, the law allows the board to create offices. So it is not illegal. It is within our powers,” Kungu said on the phone.
Section 59 (1) of the County Government Act states that the CPSB shall be, on behalf of the county government, to establish and abolish offices in the county public service.
Sources at City Hall say more offices would be created in the coming days.
But, the move to establish the office has been seen by political pundits as efforts by the governor to accommodate his friends and loyalist after State House filled key positions in the county.
Last week, Sonko nominated Peter Kariuki, State House official, as the county secretary secretary. There were reports the Governor had proposed to retain the acting CS Leboo ole Morintat but he was prevailed up on by State House to nominate Kariuki.
Kariuki currently works at the project delivery unit in the Office of the President.
Sources within the governor’s circles also revealed to the Star that more that six of the 10 county executives who were sworn in last Friday, were fielded by State House and Office of the Deputy President.
A Jubilee MCA last Wednesday told the Star that Sonko told them he did not have a hand in picking the CECs.
“We visited the governor, in the morning (last Wednesday, just before the CEC nominees were approved in the house) but he declined to even buy us tea and instead referred us to State Hideous and Harambee House Annex,” the MCA said.
The names were approved despite the weakness exhibited by some of the candidates during vetting by the Appointments Committee.
Emmah Muthoni, the 34-year-old flight attendant could not, for instance, define riparian land, or state what EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) stands for yet she was approved to head the crucial Environment sector.