You did not make me Nairobi governor, Sonko claps back to Uhuru

President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko at KICC on Wednesday, August 12, 2020/ PSCU

Former Nairobi Governor has launched a scathing attack on President Uhuru Kenyatta and his extended family after the latter said he helped him get elected.

In a recorded interview with Kikuyu radio stations that was broadcast on Monday, Uhuru said despite helping Sonko get the Nairobi governor seat, he was up and about doing nothing instead of working.

“For the record, it is NOT Uhuru Kenyatta who made me the Governor of Nairobi. I was validly elected by close to one million residents of Nairobi, garnering more votes that the President himself, and Governors are NOT Presidential appointees,” Sonko said in a statement shared on his social media accounts.

Sonko added that it is embarrassing for the sitting President to resort to addressing a section of Kenyans in his mother tongue, excluding millions of other Kenyans from his purported “state of the nation address” at a time when our country is yearning for unity.

“This act alone is in gross violation of Article 131 (1) (e) of the Constitution of Kenya that demands that the President shall be a symbol of national unity,” he said.

Sonko defended his tenure, saying his work attracted global organisations and donors who partnered with the county.

“When I assumed office in 2017, I inherited a badly run down city that held an endemic culture of stealing public resources at the expense of services delivery, a culture that was initiated by the President’s half-sister Margaret Kenyatta when she was the Mayor of Nairobi in 1970-1976.”

“It is from that time that public lands and utilities were stolen with wanton abandon, zoning laws and policies disregarded with impunity, and many other vices became the hallmark of the operations of City Hall.”

He said within days after assuming office, he cracked down on the cartels that had held Nairobi hostage for decades, sealed all the looting avenues by digitizing revenue collection, and Nairobians began to enjoy services without having to offer or pay a bribe.

“It is the result of these stringent measures that international agencies and partners like the World Bank, UNEP, UNDP, DANIDA and many others regained confidence in Nairobi, and provided support that saw my administration build over 140km of roads in under two years, compared to less than 20km done by my predecessor in 5 years,” he said.

“It goes without saying that I also inherited a City that was choking in stench from mounds of uncollected garbage from every corner of the City. Within a few, this was a thing of the past, and garbage was consistently collected regularly across the City until the President took over that function through the Nairobi Metropolitan Cartel headed by Saddam Hussein [Major Gen Mohamed Badi]. Today, Nairobians from every estate are complaining of the return of garbage mounds that stay months on end without being collected,” he said.

He said he is “extremely proud” of his achievements in the first two years, “before the cartels from State House and the President’s family hatched a scheme to disrupt my administration by endless summonses by their puppet EACC, culminating in my dramatic arrest on December 6, 2019 over frivolous allegations.”

“It is therefore ridiculous for the President to allude to failure of any administration, yet he has presided over the worst administration in the history of Kenya. What the President will never tell Kenyans is that his selfish family agenda was the motivation behind my illegal and hurried removal from office,” he said.

The Kenyatta family has set out on an elaborate plan to misuse Nairobi County resources to build infrastructure for their Northlands City project, hence the illegal demolitions and evictions we saw in Ruai Kariobangi and Korogocho in the guise of expanding the Nairobi’s sewerage infrastructure, he said.

He urged the President to own up to Kenyans that he has been incompetent and incapable of running the country.

“Indeed Chief Justice (retired) David Maraga was not wrong when he suggested that the President should have been impeached by now,” he concluded.

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