, NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 30 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero is planning to undertake a major reshuffle that will affect several top officials, in a move seen likely aimed at repositioning himself ahead of the 2017 General Election.
City Hall officials also say it is part of Kidero’s strategy to improve service delivery in Nairobi, following accusations that he has not lived up to his promise of transforming the city.
Sources say those likely to be affected by the changes include acting County Secretary Gregory Mwakanongo, acting Chief Finance Officer Luke Gatimu and his Treasury Chief counterpart Morris Okere.
It is understood that the three have already been asked to tender resignations by the end of the week.
Kidero is particularly incensed by garbage menace in Nairobi after his county government officials failed to put in place proper measures to clean up the mess.
So serious is the situation that newly appointed Public Service, Youth and Gender Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki directed the National Youth Service (NYS) to clean up the city.
“The situation is deplorable, that is why we have decided to engage the NYS to help clean up the city,” she said on Tuesday when she launched the clean up exercise in Muthurwa market.
She said officers involved in the exercise will be paid by the NYS while others engaged at the community level will be paid by the county government.
A similar exercise had been launched earlier in the year by Ann Waiguru who resigned as Devolution Cabinet Secretary last month in the wake of a multi-million scandal at the NYS.
Under her watch, the project had been concentrated in Kibera slum where it was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta, and was to be extended to all other slum areas in Nairobi. It was also undertaken in Kisumu.