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Kenya: Chaos as MCAs, Goons Storm City Hall to Evict Finance Chief

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Chaos and drama rocked City Hall on Monday as some members of county assembly, backed by goons, stormed Finance Executive Pauline Kahiga’s office to evict her for allegedly frustrating Nairobi residents.

The drama started minutes before 11am, the two groups insisting Ms Kahiga should keep to her lands docket.

The ward representatives, however, did not find the former acting County Secretary in office as she had left before their arrival.

The media was barred from the centre of the drama , with the entrance to the office on the first floor blocked.

The MCAs later installed Trade Executive Allan Igambi in place of Ms Kahiga, who later recorded a statement on the events at the nearby KICC Police Station.

MONEY

At the centre of the melee is Sh1.4 billion the National Treasury released early in January for settling pending bills.

Minority Whip Peter Imwatok claimed the Finance executive’s woes started when she allegedly refused to pay lawyers and other suppliers whose bills were not in the list.

Instructions from Treasury were for preference to be given to the youth, women, people living with disabilities and small scale traders who did business with City Hall.

Mr Imwatok said Ms Kahiga’s firm stand against payments to lawyers without proper documentation made her fall out with Governor Mike Sonko.

The Makongeni MCA further accused Mr Sonko of contempt of court for gazetting Mr Igambi’s appointment through acting County Secretary Leboo Morintat, having been barred from office over loss of Sh357 million.