During his entire nine-year political career, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has always portrayed himself as an anti-graft tsar and would go to any lengths to prove that ranging from sacking his cabinet members in midnight texts and carrying a truckload of documents to a tv interview.
But on Friday morning, the weighing scale that kept Sonko from the grasp of the authorities for so long tipped in favour of the State as Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji ordered for the governor’s arrest over the alleged theft of Ksh357 million and laundering of Ksh24 million through the county government’s coffers.
The rain started beating when the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) began investigating him after Sh20 million illegally acquired through the awarding of a garbage collection tender was traced to his bank account.
Companies linked to his friends were awarded multi-million contracts which then wired kickbacks to the governor’s accounts.
He did not take the investigations lightly and threatened ‘bald-headed’ EACC chief executive Twalib Mbarak that he would put him in his place.
“He (Twalib) has been absorbed into the corruption web. I am only being investigated after I declined to facilitate the grabbing of a parcel of land in South C which he is part of,” charged Sonko during an interview with Radio Citizen on November 18.
As the investigations thickened, the governor did himself no favours by assaulting journalists covering the investigation.
It was not supposed to amount this for the man known for his flamboyance and association with vast amounts of wealth, in fact before he ascended to the top seat at City Hall, he promised to revamp his image from a gold loving elected official with a soft spot for gangster-like mannerisms to a sober county chief.
Sonko managed to keep his promise for a long time but you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. Although he kept his suits on, the golden accessories returned. The Versace lapel and the flashy sunglasses made their way back to the governor’s ensemble.
But the highlight of Sonko’s administration has been his penchant of sacking his County Executive Committee Members (CECs) arbitrarily and when questioned why he couldn’t string together six months of governance without disruptions he accused the sacked CECs of corruption.
In April this year, Sonko reinstated two CECs he had suspended in 2018 for alleged insubordination and incompetence.
One of them, Vesca Kangongo who now heads the Environment docket has been sacked two times in less than five years.
The reinstatement of the sacked ministers was after the County Assembly refused to approve the nomination of his preferred ministers as pressure piled on him over crippling operations at City Hall.
At one point, Sonko had only 5 cabinet members in his government which greatly hampered service delivery in the capital.
When former Education CEC Janet Ouko resigned in January this year, he accused her of misappropriation bursary funds months after praising the former of being the hardest working official in his government.
Ouko vehemently rejected Sonko’s claims and in turn accused her former boss of being a serial blackmailer and a very difficult person to work with.
She even accused him of calling her at odd hours and taking offence when the calls were not answered.
Despite the corruption allegations hanging over his head, Sonko is still a popular with the masses and has on more than one occasion demonstrated his ability to fight for public interest albeit with all the drama in the world.
In October 2018, he stormed Pumwani Hospital exposing a baby theft racket before purging the hospital’s board accusing it of being complicit.
In October this year, he fell short of saying that he was at the mercy of cartels at City Hall who were forcing him to toe their line
“The cartels are back again at City Hall. PROLAND Ltd owned by a Mr Fredrick Mungai recorded a consent with Nairobi County Gov’t during the previous administration to be paid Sh35m for supplying hot air,” said Sonko at the time.
When explaining the reasons behind Sonko’s arrest on Friday, Haji warned that any attempt by Sonko to cause social unrest in the capital over his prosecution would be met with the full force of government.
By then, anti-riot police had already been deployed in various parts of Nairobi to stop one man whose record leaves no doubt that he is capable of bringing the city under the sun to a standstill to prove his case.
Singer speaks after attacking lover at WCB signee Zuchu’s star-studded concert
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On 18 July, there was fanfare at the Mlimani City Hall in Dar es Salaam as WCB signee Zuchu held a thanksgiving concert months after her debut EP, I Am Zuchu. The event dubbed ‘Ahsante Nashukuru’ mainly featured performances by artistes from the WCB stable and attracted the whos-who in the Tanzanian entertainment and political scenes.
However, singer Gigy Money who also performed made the headlines for the wrong reasons after getting into a scuffle with her lover during the much-publicised concert.
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Peaceful arrival, later chaos
Moments earlier, Gigy and her Nigerian man were seen arriving arm in arm at the event whose highlight featured Zuchu receiving a brand new car from WCB head honcho Diamond Platnumz. Donning matching outfits, the couple was spotted on the red carpet as the paparazzi scrambled to capture the moment. However, all hell breaks loose later and viral videos depict the visibly angered Nigerian arguing with a bouncer at the entrance. After a tense confrontation, Gigy’s man is seen being led by the screaming bouncer towards the exit. Shortly after, a similarly irritated Gigy emerges and follows the pair.
“Gigy! Wewe Gigy wewe!” a woman in the background is heard dissuading the singer from pursuing them but the singer pays no heed and heads for the pair.
“You want to beat me?” the boyfriend is heard asking an approaching Gigy as the bouncer acts as a barrier between them. The bouncer manages to steer the incensed man towards the exit as Gigy follows behind, hurling obscenities.
At some point, a barefoot Gigy turns into a sprint before throwing one of her shoes which hits the man who then responds with an insult. Another bouncer finally intervenes and the two are separated. Gigy then asks for her vehicle so she can head home before warning the press against sharing videos of the incident.
Though the cause of their tiff is still unknown Gigy later made reference to the shocking incident in a social media post, hinting that alcohol had a part to play in the fracas. In another post, Gigy shared a photo alongside her estranged lover writing: “My mad man looked handsome before his demons arose and mine arose too.”
‘Running over Ali Kiba’
Gigy is not new controversy and recently said she’d run over her ex, singer Ali Kiba for breaking her heart.
“I will knock all of them down, I mean I will kill them. In fact, I will flatten them like chapatis. The first person I will knock down and kill is Ali Kiba. Actually, I don’t need a weak car, I need a Fuso so that when I knock him down I will be sure he doesn’t survive,” Gigy told Ayo TV.
Dating Kiba brothers
Gigy had in the past admitted to dating both Ali Kiba and his younger brother, Abdu Kiba. She solely laid the blame on Chekecha singer for pursuing her despite knowing that she’d been with his younger brother. Abdu expressed being heartbroken after learning the two had a fling, prompting him to marry.
“I was very hurt on hearing that Ali was dating Gigy Money because I dated her first before she became famous. But it’s alleged that Ali didn’t know. It hurt me for a while till when I married,” said Abdu.
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Why Jahmby Kokai is happy her TV anchor dream never came true
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Popular media personality Jahmby Koikai narrated how her first attempt at auditioning as a TV host backfired and she was sent home on the first day of the audition. Reliving her prime days, Jahmby narrated how she was determined to follow her dream of becoming a news anchor after completing her degree.
“There was a reality show that was running on one major TV channel here in Kenya, searching for the next top news anchor. I’ve always had the knack for news. At the time, I was working at Metro FM. Walked to my boss and asked him if he was ok with me participating in this competition. He agreed to it.
“Auditions were at Film Studios. The queue stretched all the way to the showground. I was at the back kabisa. Imagine 300 people before you. Then we got the briefing paper and it indicated, ‘no persons with experience in a media house allowed to participate in this audition’. Mimi Jahmby Koikai, nirudi home after watu 300 kukuwa mbele yangu?” she posed.
According to the endometriosis survivor, she went ahead to audition for the position despite the warning and was the first contestant to be sent packing.
“So I stayed in line until I got to the audition room. The judges were a few people I was in campus with. I felt a wave of despair. Like I’m here auditioning, yet my classmates will be judging me? I did my thing and I was considered. We got into the house and we were assigned to different groups. I was the group leader and we won the challenge. Later that evening, we were driven back to Film Studios for a briefing. The presenter of the show said some of us have to go home.
“My name was called out first amongst other great people. We were dropped home. I cried. It felt like I’d lost such a great opportunity. My mom and late grandma were so sad cos they loved to watch me do the news,” she narrated.
Later, Jahmby auditioned for another TV opportunity only to miss out as well.
“Then came another opportunity over 10 years ago, I saw a TV ad and decided to apply for the news anchor position. I didn’t get the job.”
However, due to endometriosis, Jahmby was forced to put her dreams on hold and concentrate on getting better. According to her, it is as though God had better plans for her and is grateful to not have gotten the jobs.
“I battled severe endometriosis in silence for over 19 years. I think of how engaging the newsroom is and I’m grateful I wasn’t in that space. I’d have utilized all my sick-leaves and off-days and just declared redundant.”
There was a reality show that was running on one major TV channel here in Kenya, searching for the next top news anchor. I’ve always had the knack for news. At the time, I was working at Metro Fm. Walked to my boss and asked him if he was ok with me participating in this competition. He agreed to it. Auditions were at Film Studios. The queue stretched all the way to the showground. I was at the back kabisa. Imagine 300 people before you. Then we got the briefing paper and it indicated, ‘no persons with experience in a media house allowed to participate in this audition’. Mimi Jahmby Koikai, nirudi home after watu 300 kukuwa mbele yangu? Nikasema zi. So I stayed in line until I got to the audition room. The judges were a few people I was in campus with. I felt a wave of despair. Like I’m here auditioning, yet my classmates will be judging me? I did my thing and I was considered. We got into the house and we were assigned to different groups. I was the group leader and we won the challenge. Later that evening, we were driven back to Film Studios for a briefing. The presenter of the show said, some of us have to go home. My name was called out first amongst other great people. We were dropped home. I cried. It felt like I’d lost such a great opportunity. My mom and late grandma were so sad cos they loved to watch me do the news. Then came another opportunity over 10years ago, I saw a TV ad and decided to apply for the news anchor position. As you see in this pic, I got my hair done at Ralph’s Hair Salon, new suit etc. I didn’t get the job. After KBC, I never got to anchor the news again. I’m grateful I did not get the job even though I felt dejected at the time. I battled severe Endometriosis in silence for over 19years. I think of how engaging the newsroom is and I’m grateful I wasn’t in that space. I’d have utilised all my sick-leaves and off-days and just declared redundant. There are many people like me who are bound by chronic illness and cannot do the things they love. I share your pain. But there’s hope. I’m grateful to God for His reminder that He will restore to you all the years that the locusts have eaten. Also Jer 29:11