Purge Cabinet of corrupt elements and replace them with ODM members, Sonko tells Uhuru

By KNA On Sun, 6 Sep, 2020 13:46 | 2 mins read
Kevin Oliech burial
Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko when he paid his last respects to the late Kevin Oliech who played for top football clubs including Gor Mahia. Oliech was buried at his rural home in Rata Kouta, Seme in Kisumu County. Embakasi East MP Babu Owino also attended'. PHOTO | JOSEPH OUMA | KNA

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

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

The Nairobi governor said the intensified war on corruption that has seen several county bosses 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.

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.

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