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Gachagua wants Kikuyu next Nairobi governor – Weekly Citizen

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It is obvious that President William Ruto is eyeing a two-term presidency forcing those powerful faces eager to succeed him start planning early.

However, his deputy Rigathi Gachagua is one a man under siege and at the center of political gimmicks being the heir apparent.

Gachagua

Weekly Citizen has information that apart from the deputy president fighting to be retained by president Ruto as the running mate in the 2027 general election, the DP has also embarked on solidifying his political support among the populous Kikuyu community to have a strong bargaining power.

With the Kikuyu support base, Gachagua believes he will have a head start. In the wider scheme, DP Gachagua has also identified key elective seats he wants Kikuyus to bag in the next polls, one of them being the Nairobi governor’s seat currently held by Johnson Sakaja.

Sakaja

Gachagua strategists believe that the governor is an ambitious person and his age appeals to the youthful vote bloc.

Sakaja with Luhya blood is another factor giving Gachagua team a headache in Kenya presidential ambitions calculations.

Apart from Sakaja, another face giving Gachagua political nightmares is principal cabinet secretary Musalia Mudavadi.

Mudavadi

Mudavadi is 63 years old and come 2027 he will be 67 years old then 2032, Mudavadi will have clocked 72 years.

Sakaja was born 1985 thus 38 years now. In 2027, the governor will be 42 years old and 2032 he will be 47 years. C o m e 2 0 2 7 , being from Nyeri, Gachagua wants the next city governor to come either from Kiambu or Murang’a to endear himself to voters from said regions.

Already, KNCCI president Richard Ngatia has found his way in the corridors of power.

He was spotted at State House with the president and even his recent election on the board of world trade chambers was congratulated by State House.

Ngatia

He was among the business community members who attended talks in America last year. Ngatia was eyeing Nairobi governorship in last general election together with Polycarp Igathe.

Former Dagorreti South MP Dennis Waweru is also said to have secretly found his way to the current Ruto administration.

Gachagua was born in 1965 and now 58 years old. Come 2027 he will be 62 years and 2032 67 years. We have picked 2027 and 2032 specifically as years Kenyans will go for elections when Ruto factor will be instrumental.

Mudavadi is a man of means valued into billions but compared to Sakaja lacking serious political strategists.

To Gachagua camp, Sakaja if given an opportunity to raise funds can be a stumbling block in his presidential ambitions.

As city governor, he has an opportunity to do so if he plays his cards well hence need to be watched. Gachagua has not been confortable with Mudavadi and Sakaja and can do all at his disposal to make them politically irrelevant hence his spirited war against the duo.

Fear among DP strategist being, in coming elections, the issue of presidency not for only Kikuyus and Kalenjins will feature p r o m i n e n t l y hence a vacuum be created among aspirants outside the two tribes be seen as none starters.

Apart from G a c h a g u a , a n o t h e r face eyeing presidency is former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko. Sonko a l t h o u g h unelected wants to rebrand himself c o m e 2 0 2 7 a n d belongs to same age set w i t h Sakaja. Of late, Sonko has no kind words for Sakaja.

Sonko

This explains why Governor Sakaja is under siege from untold quarters going by what has been witnessed in the recent past.

Gachagua has been on his neck openly telling him to respect members of the Kikuyu community that propelled him to governorship.

Talk is rife with the Kikuyu community to the effect that they are losing city business ground to Somali community due to the fact that they have not produced governor but instead are being used to vote for others who land the plum city job but end up appointing Somalis in strategic key positions including finance at City Hall.

To them, come 2027, it is time for the community to produce the next governor.

Sonko was 2013 elected with Kikuyu support only to be impeached and Anne Kananu fronted by then power men surrounding Uhuru Kenyatta to succeed him. Kananu is a Meru.

Kananu

Sakaja is now being accused of targeting the Kikuyu community despite voting for him.

The governor has also ran into trouble with the leadership of United Democratic Alliance party which steered him to power.

Sakaja faced the party’s disciplinary committee recently, over allegations that he appointed members of the opposition to county jobs. He is also accused of leaving out UDA party members in his appointments.

In a letter dated December 19, Sakaja was asked to appear before the UDA disciplinary committee on December 23.

The letter was signed by UDA party disciplinary committee chairman Charles Njenga.

At the same time, the Nairobi county assembly has rejected five out of 33 names forwarded for vetting as chief officers by the governor.

Nairobi county select committee on appointments tabled a report on members of the county executive committee vetted on Tuesday, December 6, before the end of the week.

The committee chaired by assembly speaker Kennedy Ngondi had a one-day retreat for the approval of the 10 CECs.

According to Ngondi, the committee was not under pressure to ensure all the CECs are approved but they diligently worked to get a competent team for the CECs.

The 10 nominees include Stephen Mwangi (built environment and urban Planning), Michael Gumo (innovation and digital economy), Brian Mulama (talent, skills development and care), Patrick Mbogo (mobility and works) and Charles Kerich (finance and economic affairs).

Others are Ibrahim Nyangoya (boroughs administration and personnel), Rosemary Kariuki (business and hustler opportunities), Maureen Njeri (green Nairobi – environment, water, food and agriculture), Anastasia Nyalita (health, wellness and nutrition) and Suzanne Silantoi (inclusivity, public participation and customer service).

The county assembly rejected four nominees for the posts of county chief officers while one failed to appear for vetting.

The four rejected include Winnie Gathangu for economic planning, Justus Kathenge for boroughs and subcounty administration, Elizabeth Njau who was vetted for markets and trade and Bernard Buluma who had been nominated and vetted for wellness, nutrition, and school slots.

Collins Kamol set for agriculture and natural resources, did not show up for vetting.

The MCAs stated that Gathangu who served during Sonko’s time and was sacked as the agriculture CEC had failed to deliver as required and cannot be approved.

On the other part, Buluma was accused of a lack of knowledge of what he had been nominated for in the health sector and was only equipped in economic planning.

The approval of the 28 chief officers was done by the majority (Azimio) after the minority (Kenya Kwanza) snubbed the special sitting accusing Governor Sakaja of sidelining them in the appointments. The MCAs stated that they are the ones who worked hard to ensure Sakaja won the elections and as a party, they are not happy with his undertakings. “We want to tell Governor Sakaja that what you are doing is not okay and the people who fought for Kenya Kwanza as hustlers are not happy.

They have sent us because they went out of their way to ensure he won the elections,” MCA Kiragu of Waithaka ward claimed.

On his part, the minority chief whip and Umoja 1 MCA Mark Mugambi stated that UDA members would not undertake the signing of the reports by the various committees.

The Kenya Kwanza allied MCAs walked out of the ICT and energy committee during the vetting of county chief officer nominee Lucky Opudo, accusing her of not submitting her credentials in time.

They accused her of being of questionable credibility after what transpired at the Bomas of Kenya when the election results were to be announced.

In the storm are allegations by UDA MCAs who accuse Governor Sakaja of sidelining them in making key decisions in the county.

In a joint press address with the muslim community in Nairobi, California MCA Hashim Kamau, Eastleigh North MCA Dabar Ahmed, and Eastleigh Airbase MCA Fuad had resolved to shoot down the names of the nominees ahead of their vetting.

Jamia Mosque committee member Hussein Abdinassir even Gachagua plot to control Nairobi city politics 2027 leaks Igathe Ngatia Sthreatened to have the community move to court if the governor will not revert the names forwarded to the county assembly.

Minority whip Mark Mugambi is part of those being used to fight Sakaja.

Earlier, Gachagua had cautioned Sakaja against kicking out matatus from Nairobi central business district.

Gachagua was speaking in Nyeri where he had gone to launch a free public WiFi hotspot at Nyeri open market.

Gachagua opposed the move to relocate matatus from Nairobi’s CBD saying the move will hurt business.

Sakaja in November last year during a meeting with Sacco leaders for public service vehicles said his plan to relocate long distance PSVs to the Green park terminus at Uhuru Park was aimed at decongesting the CBD.

According to a notice by Nairobi county secretary Jairus Musumba early December, all PSVs Saccos and PSV companies offering services between Nyanza, Western, North Rift, South Rift, and Central Rift who are currently operating from Nairobi’s CBD were to be relocated to the Green Park Terminus in the 1st phase.

The terminus, which was constructed by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services at the cost of Sh250 million, was initially intended for PSVs plying Langata and Ngong road routes.

Alongside Green Park, the county has earmarked five other termini that were set up by NMS to be the official pickup and dropoff points once matatus are barred from entering the CBD.

They include Desai, Park Road, Ladhies Muthurwa, Fig Tree and Bunyala-Workshop Road.

The operators opposed the directive arguing it exposes them to huge losses and would inconvenience longdistance travellers who predominantly travel with relatively large luggage.

North Rift Luxury Shuttle, Madaraka Prestige, Transline, Great Rift Shuttle, Legacy Luxury, Kina 2015 Classic, Sasaline Classic Shuttle, Blue Line, Team Swat and Transliner Galaxy have filed a petition in court to stop the relocation.

Sakaja also rubbed Kikuyu businessmen the wrong way when he ordered the closure of some bars over noise pollution.

Kevine Ondago has moved to court seeking to suspend the decision and reopening of the affected bars and restaurants pending determination of the suit.

Governor Sakaja’s move to move noise polluting bars and restaurants from residential areas is being used to fight him despite being popular among many city residents with families.

Nairobi residents have in the last 15 years or so been put through unbearable torture as bars turn into as discotheques denying them peace at night.

In a nutshell, the growing resistance of Governor Sakaja’s directives is pointer that members of the Mt Kenya region who have heavily invested in Nairobi county feel betrayed by a politician they claim to have overwhelmingly voted for thus wanted to control him like a robot.

In the grand plan, Gachagua also aims at vanquishing his main competitor Mudavadi, who, ironically, was instrumental in the picking of Sakaja as the UDA candidate for the city seat.

It is Mudavadi who brokered the deal to have Sakaja picked as UDA governor candidate for the Nairobi seat to face Azimio la Umoja One Kenya pair of former city deputy governor Polycarp Igathe and his running mate Philip Kaloki.

To bag the Kikuyu votes, Sakaja named former Absa Bank Kenya Ltd chief operating officer, James Njoroge Muchiri, a Kikuyu, as his running mate. But word has it, not all Kikuyus voted for Sakaja with some preferring Igathe.

Muchiri had contested UDA primaries for the Nyandarua governor seat but lost to businessman Kiarie Badilisha, who went on to win the seat.

Muchiri is said to have been fronted for the city running mate slot by Nyandarua woman representative Faith Gitau a close ally of Ruto and Gachagua.

Sakaja, the former Nairobi senator, bagged the UDA ticket at the expense of Bishop Margaret Wanjiru who was forced to contest the senatorial seat which she lost to Azimio’s Edwin Sifuna.

Before joining UDA, Sakaja had briefly joined Mudavadi’s ANC before it struck a coalition deal with UDA to form the Kenya Kwanza alliance alongside Moses Wetang’ula’s Ford Kenya.

Prior to the polls, Sakaja was even present when Mudavadi hosted grassroots leaders from Lang’ata, Dagoretti South and Kibra constituencies to chart his next political moves.

Insiders revealed Gachagua is even toying with the idea of backing Sakaja’s impeachment should disgruntled MCAs decide to kick him out.

His calculation is that should Sakaja be impeached, Muchiri would assume the throne and easily win the seat in the 2027 polls.

Muchiri has won the hearts of Kikuyus, who now frequent his office seeking services. If Nairobi MCAs hatch a plan to impeach Sakaja, the governor’s future will hang in balance.

The Nairobi county assembly has 124 MCAs 85 elected and 39 nominated. Out of the 85 seats, UDA has 36, ODM 34, Jubilee seven, Wiper four, Chama Cha Kazi one and four are independent after Francis Kiragu polled 2,098 votes to win Kwa Njenga ward MCA seat in the recent by-election.

The Ruto-led UDA party and Raila Odinga’s ODM each has 17 nominated MCAs. Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee party has three nominated MCAs and Wiper has two.

Raila

The majority of the MCAs are Kikuyus, followed by Luos, Luhyas and Kambas.

There is no single MCA elected on ANC ticket, which complicates matters for Sakaja should an impeachment motion be tabled.

This is one othe reasons that explains why the governor has gone to bed with Azimio MCAs and has even retained most CECs with the blessings of ODM leader Raila to survive in the turbulent waters that have exposed his soft underbelly characterised by attackes from disgraced former governor Sonko.

But aware from politics,Weekly Citizen has documents showing how city hall was looted prio to last year polls by then finance officer Mohammed Sahal.

Also caught in the scheme is Kananu with word,they colluded to pay ficticious firms and demanded kickbacks running into millions before allowing payments.

(Read next issue inside Kananu,Sahal looting spree that shocked Sakaja.Why at one time Kananu named Joesph Gathiaka to replace Sahal but ended up retaining Sahal and hidden faces in the said scam with names EACC officers bribed not to act.

Who is Mohammed Sahal and his then god fathers in Uhuru Kenyatta.



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