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Sonko yet again reshuffles his cabinet, orders probe on staff linked to graft

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has yet again effected a mini-reshuffle of his nascent cabinet, while also asking the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to probe three members of his staff over alleged financial misappropriation.

This comes after the governor on Monday suspended the three officers, Chief of staff Brian Mugo, acting chief finance officer Ekaya Alumasi and acting head of county treasury Stephen Mutua.

Sonko has accused the three officers of misusing of public funds.

Governor Sonko, who has since forwarded the names of the three to the DCI, has stated that those found culpable have to face the full force of the law.

“There was an intelligence report showing they had misused county resources. Internal investigations have implicated them,” said the governor’s communications director Elkana Jacob.

MINI-RESHUFFLE

Meanwhile, in his latest mini-reshuffle of his cabinet, Sonko has  moved Trade, Tourism and Cooperative executive Allan Igambi to the Finance docket.

Mr Esabwa’s position will be taken over by Newton Munene, who since being vetted and approved by the assembly in May as the Finance executive, has been in the cold with Charles Kerich assuming control of the docket in an acting capacity.

Mr Kerich will now fully revert to his duties at the Lands, Housing and Urban Renewal department.

Mr Esabwa, nonetheless, becomes the fourth executive to hold forte at the Finance docket following in the footsteps of current Devolution and Public Service Management executive Veska Kangogo, who was succeeded by Danvas Makori.

Makori was suspended in April before being sacked in April for allegedly “spying for the governor’s enemies.”