Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has defended himself against claims that he has failed to manage affairs within Nairobi County, and has instead turned to the President for help in enforcing authority.
Sonko, who was responding to concerns raised on Wednesday after he publicly admitted that City Hall cartels had become a nightmare for him, explained that President Uhuru Kenyatta is better positioned authority-wise to rid the County of bad influence from leaders, including Sonko himself.
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“Good thing about the President when fighting cartels and corruption, he would not spare anyone in any position including myself, any of his Cs’s, or relatives,” Sonko said in his own defence.
He went ahead to list examples of people running the said cartels, who have driven the him to the brink of turning to religious intervention as described in a Thursday morning social media post.
Among Sonko’s biggest concern is a an individual who is allegedly demanding Ksh19 billion compensation for public land in a case dating back to the 1990s.
This is in relation to the disputed parcel of Mukuru-Kwa-Njenga land from which over 200 residents were violently evicted in 2018.
Explaining how Presidential orders would be more effective than his own, Sonko narrated a past incident where a Pakistani business cartel had attempted to grab a parcel of land in Loresho and when Sonko and his County officials attempted to intervene, they were attacked by hired Masai morans armed with crude weapons.
“My first stop from there was Statehouse. I explained the incident to the President and the following Monday morning…he sent me a big back up team which comprised of the former Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinet, Former Director of Criminal investigations Muhoro Ndegwa, Former Deputy Inspector General of Police Joel Kitili, Former National Lands Commission Chairman Mohammed Swazuri and Former EACC CEO Halake Wako and a huge contingency of law enforcement officers.”
Uhuru’s intervention, Sonko explained, helped recover the said piece of land that belongs to the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company.
Sonko highlighted that individuals working against his success have been sabotaging his projects through tactics such as public misinformation.
“For instance in the ongoing construction of Dandora Stadium, the County has so far paid Ksh96M to the Contractor as per the payment vouchers and the certificates raised on the works done so far, but Cartels have given the media an exaggerated figure of Ksh196M just to scandalise this important project…” Sonko revealed.