By Moses Mwaura.
A Confidential Taskforce Report has unearthed that there is a cartel in Nairobi that makes money by burning informal settlements, the report allegedly links Majority Leader in the county assembly Abdi Guyo (Jubilee). A report by the Taskforce established by Governor Sonko has unearthed that the fires witnessed in the city, from Matopeni to Langata, are not accidental fires but are started by Gaza Gang arsonists that is alleged to have close ties to Matopeni MCA Abdi Guyo.
Apparently, Guyo and his cohorts are alleged to have hacked the disaster management system during Kidero days to make crazy money from the misfortune of the victims of their fire outbreaks. Guyo is said to have conceived and executed a scheme where the Assembly passed a motion requiring release of Ksh. 1 Million every time there is a fire in the city towards mitigation of the effects of such fires.
Guyo Cartel Makes 5 Million from City Fires Every Month
Thus, if 5 fires outbreaks are reported in a month, even where those fires are ficticious or instigated by Guyo through his Gaza Gangsters, the County Government is expected to release Ksh 5 Million to a committee headed by a crony of Guyo purportedly to assist in disaster management.
Our investigation has established that this money never reaches the affected population for whom it was supposedly intended. Instead, Guyo through his cronies takes home more than half of the money having assisted in setting up the fires and after intimidating the Disaster Management Committee members with dewhipping if they don’t heed his directions.
Incidences of Fires Increased by 300% by Guyo Cartel
What is alarming is how this cartel headed by Guyo has no qualms putting the city residents at harm’s way just to make money that never trickles down to them. Indeed, our research established that city fires increased by more than 300% after the assembly passed the disaster management fund motion meaning someone was triggering the fires to make quick bucks. And the person is none other but MCA Abdi Guyo.
Most of the MCAs we interviewed for this story said they were aware that Guyo was using his Gaza Gang connections to start fires in the city, even in his own Matopeni ward. Further, they noted that that the cartel had infiltrated the City Fire Department which was expected to delay their arrival on fire scenes to ensure enough damage is done to warrant release of disaster management money.
The recent suspension of the Head of City Fire Department owes to exposing of the scandal. It is rumored in Assembly circles that Guyo has promised to insulate the estranged head after he promised to expose him and his cartel. At the same time, many residents in the city vowed to work closely with Governor Sonko to make sure the Guyo cartel does not succeed in future,