Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Thursday released an audio recording of a phone call between Kariobangi MCA Julius Maina Njoka and Kitisuru MCA Alvin Olando Palapala.
The release came after MCA Palapala accused Governor Sonko of using pubic resources to cover a trip to the US by First Lady Primrose Mbuvi and her daughter Saumu Mbuvi.
In the recording, Palapala is heard describing in detail the ways through which he and other MCAs used to misappropriate county funds during Dr Evans Kidero’s regime.
“Mimi, nitaingia mbinguni, call a spade a spade kwa sababu mahali imefika, wewe huwezi saidia Gavana, Warutere hawezi saidia, Mark hawezi, iwe nani hawezi saidia ni ngumu. Na kuzidishia, ni mtu tungekufia na yeye ikiwa angekuwa mtu wa kutusaidia (I will go to heaven! At this point, no one can save the Governor, not you, not Warutere, not even Mark, it will be very hard to save him. Moreover, we would have gone down with the Governor if only he would have been good to us these past two years),” Palapala begun his narration.
The MCA went on to lament that Governor Sonko had sealed all the avenues the MCAs used to exploit to embezzle public funds during former Governor Kidero’s administration.
“Maina, can you comfortably say that you have Sh1.5 million somewhere lying idle in a bank for emergencies? I know you can’t. Then you ask me, Palapala, to clap my hands for the Governor knowing that he even took me to EACC? Never!” He added.
“I’ve been telling you and you don’t want to listen, I don’t think you know what it means to be re-elected. During Kidero’s time, we would go, not to Kidero but to Luke Gatimu (ex-Nairobi County finance official) and we would tell him, ‘award that tender quickly, I want to collect my 10% cut’ and he would do it. Kidero would never follow up on such things.
“During Kidero’s time, if a fire destroyed property in your ward you as the MCA would be given Sh500,000 or Sh600,000 out of the disaster management fund and no one would ask you to account for how you spent it. We would just buy mattresses and pocket a clean Sh200,000 or Sh300,000 not like nowadays,” the MCA elaborated.
Listen to the audio below
Mocking and Self confession by MCA Kitsuru Hon. Palapala that he steals bursary meant for poor students in his ward. That he used to take between 50k to 100k per day at the cash office before we barred physical handling at the cash office. He used to steal disaster management funds. He used to push for payments for contractors who supply air and demand for 10% from them. Enjoy the rest of your day.
Posted by Mike Sonko. on Thursday, March 12, 2020