26 November 2012

Kenya: Gakuo Joins Crowded Race for Nairobi Governor

Former city town clerk John Gakuo is this morning set to join the crowded list of aspirants for the Nairobi county governor race. Gakuo, popularly known as Sir John, told the Star yesterday that he has "bowed down to the pleas by city residents".

Gakuo once served in the provincial administration and the Ministry of Health. He is credited with planting trees in the city, driving away hawkers and street urchins and making the city clean through efficient methods of collecting garbage.

"I am a career civil servant, but after consultations with my friends and family coupled with the constant nagging of the city residents who feel they need my services, I will officially declare my candidature for the political seat next Monday (today) at Charter Hall ," Gakuo said.

However, he will have to contend with the ongoing Sh283 million cemetery scandal case that hounded him out of the Ministry of Environment headquarters, where he is currently on suspension as the Nairobi River Project co-ordinator.

Gakuo's allegedly failed to stop the multimillion deal " in good time". He is accused of failing to comply with the law and neglecting his duty as Town Clerk to terminate the tender even after questions were raised about it.

Other suspects in the case, former Mayor Geoffrey Majiwa and Gakuo's predecessor at City Hall, Geoffrey Katsolleh have since been acquitted.

Gakuo was optimistic yesterday that he will also be acquitted, adding that the case was at advanced stage and he would not want to discuss it in public as its before the courts.

Probed further on which party he will be using to vie, Gakuo remained tight lipped, saying consultations were ongoing among the different parties.

His handlers however intimated to the Star that Gakuo will join The National Alliance, which is set to complicate the candidature of business magnate Jimnah Mbaru, NCBDA chairman Timothy Muriuki and burly Embakasi legislator Ferdinand Waititu for the TNA ticket. "Am in the race to the end, but I must say this will only be possible through support of all Nairobians, which am sure I have," he added.

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