Thursday, October 11, 2001
cautioned over Raila links
National Development Party official has accused Kisumu Mayor Shakeel Ahmed
Shabir of using the name of Energy Minister Raila Odinga to intimidate his chief
Dave Okwatch, the party's Kisumu branch chairman, told Councillor Shabir to
"stop rushing to Mr Odinga" for protection whenever he had differences
with other civic leaders and council employees.
am asking Cllr Shabir to stop bothering Mr Odinga with petty council issues,
which can be handled by the Ministry of Local Government," Mr Okwatch told
a Moi Day rally in the town, which was also attended by Nyanza Provincial
Commissioner John Nandasaba, Kisumu District Commissioner Andrew Mondoh and Cllr
am cautioning the mayor to tread carefully. He should not be used to antagonise
public servants. He should not be pushed to sack everybody because he could be
the next to go," said Mr Okwatch.
Shabir recently mobilised councillors to eject Town Clerk Tubman Otieno and
Treasurer Ali Apidi over alleged mismanagement of council finances, a decision
that Local Authorities Minister Joseph Kamotho and PS Joshua Terer have since
Nandasaba and Mr Mondoh called on Cllr Shabir to end the wrangling over the
town's refurbished bus park so that it could be opened to the public.