Sonko Hits Duale With 14-Day Ultimatum After Spat

  • A photo collage of Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko and National Assembly Majority Leader, Aden Duale File
  • On Monday, Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko, issued a 14-day ultimatum to National Assembly Majority Leader, Aden Duale, to withdraw the proposed salary and allowances increment.

    Through a post on his Facebook page, Sonko threatened to call upon a mass demonstration to storm the National Assembly if Duale does not comply within the deadline.

    “I do hereby seek for historic support from members of the public, civil society, comrades and religious leaders in storming the National Assembly if Aden Duale does not withdraw the proposed salary and allowances increment at the expense of taxpayers within the next 14 days,” Sonko angrily threatened.

    Governor Mike Sonko with National Assembly Majority Leader, Aden Duale, and Senator Kipchumba Murkomen in a previous event.

    The Jubilee Governor asserted that the demonstration will be legal and within the confinements of the constitution.

    “We shall comply with all the due constitutional and legal requirements to ensure the success of this demonstration and protect the rights of the people of Kenya,” Sonko assured.

    Sonko believes that sovereign power belongs to the people, and only donated to elected leaders as enshrined in Article 1 of the Constitution of Kenya.

    MPs are pushing for a salary increment and some, like Suba MP, Millie Odhiambo, blamed her constituents for making her go broke, alleging that her salary was stretched to the limit because of contributions and handouts.

    Sonko’s new declaration follows an angry attack on Duale, over funds supposed to be allocated to counties. He further accused Duale of spearheading the salary increment plot by the lawmakers.

    On Sunday, while speaking at Alladina Grounds in Jomvu, Mombasa County, Sonko poured a scathing attack on Duale.

    "I want to tell Aden Duale that hii pesa ya devolution si pesa ya mama yako (devolution funds do not belong to your mother)," he ranted.

    A day later, governors forced their way into the Supreme Court buildings to submit a petition seeking to compel parliament to pass the Division of Revenue Allocation Bill 2019, which stipulates how money should be disbursed to counties.

    They were led by Council of Governors Chairperson, Wycliffe Oparanya.

    Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko, addressing residents of Madiwa in Eastleigh in a past event