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NAIROBI CITY COUNCIL ‘INCOMPETENCE’: KISIA TAKES (LEGAL) ACTION

Lawyer Donald Kipkorir – Kisia ‘portrayed as incompetent, fraudulent, and a ‘political whore’

Former Nairobi City Council Town Clerk, Mr Philip Kisia, is suing his rival for the post of Nairobi governor, Mr Evans Kidero. A letter from Kisia’s lawyer Donald Kipkorir to Kidero, claimed his (Kidero’s) comments at a rally in Kamukunji as reported in an article in The Star, “portrayed his client [Kisia] as incompetent, fraudulent, and a ‘political whore’”. Heaven forefend! Kidero has demanded an unqualified apology and damages.

The Star for their part responded by saying it would ‘continue to report the activities of all candidates including Kisia and Kidero’.

Aside from the question of what happened to freedom of speech and vigorous political debate, it is difficult to see how Nairobi City Council and those people who run it, or have done so, can keep a straight face in defending themselves against a charge of incompetence.

Former NCC Town Clerk Philip Kisia

Only yesterday it was reported that Nairobi City Council will pass on a Sh16 billion debt to the new Nairobi County administration according to the NCC’s year end accounts for 2011/12. Some estimates put the figure as high as Sh31 billion. The NCC however, has only allocated Sh1.7bn for debt repayment.

The Kenya Forum has written before of Philip Kisia (Town Clerk 2009 to 2012) and the Nairobi City Council. Readers may like to consider some of the postings linked below and make their own judgment.

KENYA, NAIROBI – BREAKING NEWS (AND HOW THE NCC REALLY WORKS), June 22, 2012.

NAIROBI CITY COUNCIL AND THE PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS REPORT (PART 2): CORRUPTION, NEPOTISM AND POLITICAL AMBITION, April 16, 2012.

NAIROBI CITY COUNCIL AND THE PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS REPORT (PART 1): OVERSTAFFED AND INCOMPETENT, April 16, 2012.

NAIROBI CITY COUNCIL (NCC): HIGH TIME TO CLEAN OUT THIS ‘DEN OF CORRUPTION’, Jan. 26, 2012.

THE PRICE OF PIRACY, OCT. 6, 2011.

THE STORY SO FAR: MATATUS, ‘LYNCHING’, THE KCC AND NCC…, Sept. 5, 201.0

NAIROBBING CITY COUNCIL, Nov. 9, 2010.

SPOOKY BUT TRUE… (THE GHOST WORKERS OF NCC), Nov. 9, 2010.

On June 12 Mr Kisia attended the launch of the political comedy Muheshimiwa Eshuya and Nimehangaika an album by Nairobi Comedian Thomas Oyolo (Profesa Eshuya) at the Petma restaurant. Speaking at the event Philip Kisia promised to make theatre a key priority if he were elected as governor of Nairobi. The Theatre of the absurd’ the Forum assumes.

Zimbabwe military press conference

Raila Odinga Speech at the CSIS Washington DC, USA

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