Sakaja Speaks on Running for Governor

  • Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja addressing a forum on September 9. Sakaja says he's ready to vie for the governorship. Facebook
  • Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja on Sunday, December 15, addressed reports that of him running for the governorship position in the event the county head, Mike Sonko, is impeached.

    Speaking during an interview on K24 TV's Punchline, the Jubilee senator stated that if a by-election was held before 2022, he would vie for the governorship position.

    "It is possible to have a by-election in Nairobi. If people of Nairobi want me to vie for Governor I will go for it but for now, I must continue playing my role as a senator unapologetically," he conveyed.

    He further stated that the county's problems stemmed from structures in that a leader couldn't properly manage the county without structures.

    Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja
    Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja speaking on K24 TV's Punchline on Sunday, December 15.

    "For me, it is about getting Nairobi moving. I am on record talking about the position of the deputy governor. Nairobi must work. It has 17 constituencies and millions of people require services," he added.

    Following Sonko's arrest earlier in December, there have been fears of a power vacuum that could affect the operations at City Hall.

    On December 15, Nairobi County Assembly Minority Leader David Mberia wrote to speaker Beatrice Elachi requesting for a special sitting of the assembly to discuss the leadership crisis at City Hall.

    “The objective of the sitting is to enable the Assembly to deliberate on the leadership crisis ailing the County Government of Nairobi, and in particular, on the Office of the Governor following the court ruling barring him from his office,” read part of the letter by Mberia requesting for the special sitting on Tuesday, December 17.

    Sakaja also requested the Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka for a special session to address the issue of Sonko being barred from office.

    Here is the video courtesy of K24TV: