Coast Elders Cry Out to Uhuru Over Sonko's Security [VIDEO]

  • A number of elders from the Coastal Mijikenda community on Saturday, November 9, sent a hearty appeal to President Uhuru Kenyatta regarding Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko's security.

    In a video shared by the governor's communication team, the leaders argued that some people were not comfortable with the style that the flamboyant governor employed to fight cartels at City Hall.

    They further pointed out that it was the cartels who were harassing the governor because he was relentless in the war against them.

    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko addressing journalists outside EACC headquarters in Nairobi on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

    "We, the Mijikenda Kaya Elders, are calling upon, the state agencies and ‘cartels’ to stop harassing Governor Mike Sonko. We believe in humility and kindness. Let him not be treated like a dog! 

    "We call upon our beloved President Uhuru Kenyatta to guarantee us the security of our son Sonko. We know the challenges he is facing in fighting cartels at City Hall and Nairobi at large," argued one of the elders.

    The elders further disclosed that they were planning a major meeting to address the issues after which they would release their findings to the public.

    "We will soon arrange a major Kaya sitting to discuss the same and the outcome will be relayed to the public," they announced.

    Sonko was, at the time, summoned a number of times by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), over corruption-related accusations, some of which he publicly termed witchhunt orchestrated by one of the commission's senior officials.

    On Monday, November 4, the governor took to social media and also bought full-page ad space on The Standard to lament over how EACC's Director of Investigations, Abdi Mohamud had allegedly misused his public office to cover-up his crimes.

    He alleged that Mohamud had overseen the illegal sale of public land in Nairobi's South C area, and that he had numerously framed whistleblowers in the Integrity Center.

    "On 2nd September 2019, the day I appeared before EACC is the same day Abdi Mohamud remembers to reply a letter from the South C land grabber’s lawyer dated 31st July 2019, one month later promising to help “maintain the status quo” meaning the land grabber continues with construction on the grabbed public land against my wishes.

    "On the next day, EACC retweeted a story in the media falsely claiming I had been bribed Ksh 20 million which made me wonder about its source," a section of Sonko's report read at the time.

    A section of women, on Friday, November 8, vowed to strip naked if the EACC did not stop investigating the governor.