Nairobi Governor Anne Kananu has been accused of colluding with the county’s Chief Officer of Finance Mohamed Sahal, who also held the same position in the Health docket, to give and pay contracts to preferred firms.
In what could be a scandal in her last days in office, Sh 180 million is said to have been used to pay companies linked to Kananu and Mohamed Sahal, who has also been facing questions regarding usage of county funds.
The allegations come at a time when Sahal has been replaced at the Finance docket in the latest reshuffle by the same governor, in what some claim could be a way to conceal the controversial deals.
However, the move to replace him was rescinded.
The Ksh. 180M was part of the Ksh. 340 million that the treasury released to the county government to clear pending bills.
Mr Sahal is said to have shifted his office from City Hall to a hotel in the Kilimani area where he is said to have signed off 180 million payouts to Somali-owned contractors allegedly after receiving hefty commissions. The move to pay only Somali contractors raised eyebrows among the other contractors who had missed out on the last-minute windfall. The contractors accused the governor and Mr Sahal of having received kickbacks.
The rushed attempted transfer of Mr Sahal, sources claim, was meant to shield him from hawk-eyed sleuths who have since pitched a tent at the county headquarters to monitor his activities. Mr Mohamed, sources confide, normally demands some facilitation fee before effecting any payment.
To dispel the disquiet among contractors owed by city hall Ms Kananu had effected a cosmetic reorganization of her administration even as the power utility firm, Kenya Power disconnected power to City Hall over a 1.5 billion bill that has not been settled. Mr Mohamed who is said to be a first cousin to Garissa Township MP Aden Duale joined city hall during the reign of Mike Sonko in May 2018 as Director in charge of Livestock.
Some of the firms Mr Sahal is said to have paid are Hasim Investments Limited, Bayete Holdings Limited, Abdullahi and Associates Advocate among others.
Sources at City Hall intimate that before his attempted move was reversed Mr Mohamed would be seen in hotel lobbies in the Kilimani area inside his range Rover signing off payments as several after some contractors obtained decrees and warrants against him.