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Why Kidero demanded resignation of three county executives

The jobs of three Nairobi county executives are on the line after governor Evans Kidero asked for their resignation letters.

The governor, through an email, ordered the three to resign honorably by the end of the week over the garbage crisis in the city.

The three are acting county secretary Gregory Mwakanongo, acting finance chief officer Luke Gatimu and his treasury counterpart Morris Okere.

“Gregory, Gatimu and Okere, please do me a favour by resigning before the end of the week,” the governor stated in his email.

“You can resign so that people who are interested in serving Nairobi are given the opportunity,” added Dr Kidero.

The trio have been accused of allegedly sabotaging the governor by privately colluding with garbage contractors who have been on a go-slow to demand for delayed payments.

Dr Kidero’s email was copied to deputy governor Jonathan Mweke, chief of staff George Wainaina and all county executives.

The stern email is what is believed to have stirred City Hall officials to clear the piles of garbage that had been accumulating in backstreets within the city centre.

The officials contracted the National Youth Service to take over garbage collection from the private contractors.

City Hall officials had hitherto blamed the El-Nino rains for destroying roads leading to the Dandora dumpsite.

Samuel Ndungu, the operations manager in charge of solid waste in the county, claimed the rains were to blame since the roads to the dumpsite were inaccessible.

The governor is also said to be keen to dismantle a cartel ruining the urban planning department.