Nairobi UDA MCAs: Sakaja Is Working With Azimio

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja’s liaison with the Azimio coalition has caused concern in the Kenya Kwanza Alliance, following his decision to appoint members of the rival Azimio Alliance to key county portfolios.

Members of the Nairobi County Assembly affiliated with the UDA-dominated Kenya Kwanza Alliance accused the Governor, who was elected on a UDA ticket, of sidelining them and favoring the Azimio side in a press conference on Friday.

The MCAs, led by Minority Leader Anthony Kiragu, announced their intention to boycott a special sitting scheduled for the afternoon, during which the Assembly was expected to approve Governor Sakaja’s 33 Chief Officer nominees.

“The Governor used the UDA flag while seeking this seat but we can see he has sidelined us, We want to tell him that this afternoon we will not participate in the approval of his Chief Offers and he can have them approved by Azimio,” Kiragu stated.

Concerns were raised by Members following Governor Sakaja’s decision to appoint Lucky Ogutu Okudo as Chief Officer for ICT and Energy.

Okudo, an Azimo operative, was at the epicenter of the chaos at the IEBC’s National Tallying Center in Bomas during the announcement of presidential election results, as Azimio attempted to halt the official declaration of results.

During the Bomas incident, Ogutu, who was dressed in camouflage, made headlines when she appeared in the fracas that occurred during the tallying process.

“We also saw what went down at Bomas and the said nominee was pictured pick-pocketing phones and behaving like a goon. That’s not the kind of a leader that Nairobi residents want,” Kiragu stated.

Minority Whip Macharia Mugambi also cited the nominee’s failure to submit the necessary credentials on time as another reason they could not participate in the vetting process, which he called illegal.

“As Kenya Kwanza we cannot participate in an illegality, and Ogutu cannot be the face of Nairobi,” Mugambi stated.

Azimio supporters are also represented in the Governor’s cabinet, including ex-Westlands MP and ODM aspirant Mike Gumo.

Governor Sakaja, on the other hand, defended his decision, claiming that he was elected by both Azimio and Kenya Kwanza supporters and that his appointments reflect the city’s face.