City Hall appoints former convict to chair the Nairobi Alcohol Licensing board

Some of the suspects who are seeking court protection are seen in this photo roughing up Mr Timothy Muriuki at Boulevard Hotel on April 30, 2018

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has hit the headlines once again after he appointed Michael Mbanya Wathigo as a member of the Nairobi City County Alcoholic Drinks Control and Licensing Board.

Wathigo first came to light in 2017 after he narrated that he, together with 11 other Kenyans, were arrested in Mozambique in 2005, and later transferred to a Tanzanian jail.

In May 2018, Wathigo, in the company of five others, were recorded attacking former Nairobi Central Business District Business Association (NCBDA) Chairman Timothy Muriuki for what they alleged was a plot to tarnish Sonko’s name.

Muriuki had called the media to give his stand on the state of Nairobi, which has been beset by many challenges including garbage and floods, at Hotel Boulevard.

They rushed to court where they were charged, and released on bail after denying the charges, moments before the DCI caught up with them.