Nairobi governor Mike Sonko was on Thursday morning left an embarrassed man after his efforts to lie on Twitter users seriously backfired. His Social media lie was brought to a sudden halt after he was caught red-handed spreading false development tweet.
Through his twitter account, the governor had given the credit to himself by posting a once deserted and dumped park that had been reclaimed for public use.
For context, until a few years ago, People’s Park in Korogocho was a dumping site in the slum northeast of Nairobi filled with garbage and even human waste. It also acted as a crime hotspot at one time.
But today, People’s Park is no longer a no-go zone. With well-manicured grass, stone paths and trees offering shade from the scorching sun, it has become a popular spot for Korogocho residents to meet and play.
This was after a youth-led volunteer group called “Komb Green Solutions” took it up to themselves to clean up public spaces in and around Korogocho for the past two years.
The new look of Nairobi river riparian land in Korogocho area, Embakasi North Sub-County after we rehabilitated the place to create a recreational park for locals and visitors. pic.twitter.com/3JxdRFfZkH
— Mike Sonko (@MikeSonko) May 15, 2019
In the tweet though, Sonko looks to accord all the credit of rehabilitating the former crime zone to himself and the Nairobi County Government.
Wasn't this a project of some youths from korogocho? Are you joyriding on a project that isn't yours in the 1st place? They were even featured on TV
— Fife Yankee ✈ (@mainamunyeria) May 16, 2019
Was county govt involved in this rehabilitation Sophie?
— Abu Daud (@RKI2011) May 16, 2019
Other Kenyans joined in and blasted Sonko for trying to joyride on a noble project started and completed by a group of ambitious Korogocho youth.
Its work of @komb green group stop joyriding in grace of others Mheshimiwa!
— O N J O L O™ _ KENYA (@Env_Onjolo_Vic) May 15, 2019
Who is we? Cause you had no hand in this work. https://t.co/QfCnvvDTRE
— Tanye Waist (@thediagon) May 16, 2019
— #freestellanyanzi (@suhayllo) May 16, 2019
Even local artiste Muthoni The Drummer Queen couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the tweet.
Eh? Wasn't this rehabilitation by a youth group called Kombgreen? https://t.co/zwmfFbROCZ
— #MuthoniDrummerQueen (@muthoniDQ) May 16, 2019
— #VoteNyikaSilika #BakeAwards (@koi_kiki) May 16, 2019