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Purge the Cabinet of corrupt elements, Sonko

Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to crack the whip on corrupt Cabinet Secretaries.

Sonko said it was in public domain that some Cabinet Secretaries are implicated in pilferage of public resources and asked the President to sack them.

The Nairobi governor said the intensified war on corruption that has seen several governors indicted and barred from office should be extended to the cabinet.

“Cabinet Secretaries are not above the law. We don’t want to see only governors being arrested but the same must be extended to the cabinet,” Sonko said.

He urged the president to move with speed and reorganize his cabinet by kicking out all corrupt Cabinet Secretaries to enhance service delivery.

Sonko proposed that the reorganization of the cabinet must include the Orange party to actualize the March 9, 2018 ‘handshake’ and cement Uhuru’s relationship with Opposition leader Raila Odinga.

“We are supporting the ‘handshake’ and to make it real we want to see ODM Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries in government,” he said.

The two leaders Mike Sonko (Nairobi Governor) and Babu Owino, the MP for Embakasi East as they matched alongside church leaders on their way to the final burial site for the late Kevin Oliech who until his death played for top Kenyan clubs including Gor Mahia and Mathare United. Oliech was buried at Rata Seme in Kisumu County
Photographs by Joseph Ouma/KNA

Speaking at Ratta village in Seme Sub-County, Kisumu during the burial of footballer Kevin Oliech, Sonko said the ‘handshake’ was critical in fixing the ills bedeviling the country and urged the two leaders to actualize it through actions.

“We don’t want to see a repeat of the 2007 post-election violence but as we support the ‘handshake’ we want a genuine and true process,” he said.

Speaking during the same occasion, Embakasi East Member of Parliament (MP) Babu Owino rooted for the BBI saying it was the only tool to create a unified country.

He cautioned those opposed to the initiative saying that the move was unstoppable.

“BBI is stronger than Coronavirus. As you can see the Covid-19 cases are going down and BBI is slowly gaining momentum,” he said.

Babu further rallied support for ODM leader Raila Odinga saying by all means, the ODM leader will be supported to ascend to power in 2022.

Kevin Opiyo Oliech, a former Mathare United FC forward died in August in Germany on his way to the United States of America where he sought treatment for cancer.


Opiyo, aged 33 years, was the younger brother to former Kenyan international and Nantes striker Dennis Oliech and former Harambee star player Andrew Oyombe, who also played for the national team Harambee Stars and Gor Mahia.


Opiyo played for Kenyan Premier League teams Tusker, Ushuru, Thika United, and Nairobi City Stars.


Internationally, he played for German fifth-tier side KFC Uerdingen 05 and second-tier Alemannia Aachen, among other teams before hanging his boots.


Opiyo’s death comes two years after the demise of his mother, Mary Auma Oliech who died in July 2018.


By Chris Mahandara

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