Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko is a leader who is mostly not caught unawares with anything in the city.
Sonko, in fact, is one politician who has perfected the art of surprise attacks or acts that at times either prove fruitful or end up being a case of drama for the media to feed on.
The county boss, however, got to experience what the other side felt like when President Uhuru dropped a bombshell on him.
During the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s 40th memorial in 2018, the controversial politician lacked words after Uhuru demanded for Mama Ngina’s pension that had accumulated over the years.
The Head of State with a laugh, acknowledged that his mother had been relentless in inquiring when she would be paid the money her late husband duly earned.
“We are talking about a man who lived through different episodes in his life; from a herdsman to working with the council as a water meter reader- Governor Sonko mama anauliza pension iko wapi (Governor Sonko my mother is asking where is the pension money?)” stated Uhuru.
You gotta be kidding 😳 https://t.co/RClce6isub
— David Ndii (@DavidNdii) November 15, 2019
President Uhuru: ‘…We are talking about a man who lived through different episodes in his life; from a herdsman to working with the council as a water meter reader- Governor Sonko mama anauliza pension iko wapi….?’ #MzeeKenyattaMemorial #Jomo40th pic.twitter.com/ukh0mhTWOv
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) August 22, 2018
It is yet to be identified whether the flamboyant Sonko followed up on the matter or the Commander-in-Chief’s surviving parent is still seeking the pay.
On Friday, a local daily revealed how much Mama Ngina earned from the state.
It was reported that official documents depicted that the 86 year-old earned Ksh 568,218 monthly.
Details pointed out that she receives the money for virtually being the wife of the deceased.
It was further highlighted that Mama Ngina began getting the payment long before the Jubilee party leader became president.
Information from the Presidency asserted that the payment was in accordance with the law where she receives 40 per cent of the current president’s salary.
According to the report, other prominent people in the small exclusive club include ex-Vice President Moody Awori and retired Parliament Speakers such as Kenneth Marende, Francis ole Kaparo and Ekwee Ethuro.
Treasury is reported to have set aside Ksh 1.5 billion in the current financial year with the aim to cater privileges of state officials once they retire.