NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 26 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has sacked his county Environment minister and staunch ally Evans Ondieki.
In a letter signed by County Secretary Robert Ayisi, the dismissal from position of County Executive Committee Member in charge of Environment, Water, Energy and Natural Resources takes effect immediately.
The Governor has now appointed the Urban Renewals and Housing CEC Tom Odongo in an acting capacity to the post.
Ondieki had in July last year been put on the spot after allegations emerged that he was cavorting with Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru who is rumoured to be eyeing the governor’s seat in the next elections.
The CEC vehemently denied those allegations, pledging loyalty to his boss while at the same time blaming cartels at City Hall for undermining him because of his hard work.
Ondieki was appointed to the Environment docket in October 2014 after the exit of John Gakuo who fell out with Kidero. Prior to this, Ondieki had served as the county minister in charge of transport.
While in the transport docket, the lawyer by profession had numerous run-ins with different stakeholders, culminating in an impeachment motion in the County Assembly. Kidero had however defended his CEC, decrying a vendetta against his worker.
During the session, the Members of the County Assembly stated that Ondieki did not conduct himself in a manner befitting his office.
It also came after the Transport Executive alleged that some officials at City Hall had information that some MCAs had been bribed to lobby against proposed mass transit buses.
Ondieki had publicly stated that he would not be intimidated by cartels in the matatu industry which were out to undermine plans to introduce a mass transit bus system in the city.
Ondieki’s sacking also comes days after Kidero made far reaching changes at City Hall in a move aimed at rooting out widespread corruption.
The Governor had further stated that the changes made will ensure efficient service delivery to Nairobi residents.
He pointed out that this will make sure there is transparency and accountability of City Hall staff in the discharge of their duties.
He also abolished the payment and dispatch of cheques to suppliers manually, stating that the process will now be fully automated to curb graft.
He stated that the changes within the finance sector will ensure proper management of scarce resources.
Kidero pointed out that in the last two and half years, the County Government has made positive gains “but more can be done to improve services.”