Sonko: I Was Served Alcohol at State House Before Signing Nairobi Deal

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko meeting in 2020.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko meeting in 2020.
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  • Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has alleged that he was served alcohol at State House before he surrendered Nairobi to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    Sonko was responding to a woman with the moniker Aloo Denish, who requested the governor to allow the Nairobi Metropolitan Services to perform their duties, indicating that they were doing a good job.

    "Mr. Sonko, when you signed the agreement, I believe you were sober and well informed. With due respect, kindly let the NMS perform their duties," Aloo stated.

    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko drinking from a Hennessy Whisky bottle during his Senate hearing on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko drinking from a Hennessy-branded Whisky bottle during his Senate hearing on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
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    In response, however, the governor stated that he was not in the right state of mind when he signed the Nairobi deal.

    "I was not sober. Hawa watu wa State House waliniconfuse na pombe kwanza (The people at State House confused me with some alcohol) by the time I was meeting the President for the signing, I was just seeing zigzag," Sonko stated.

    "However, even if I was drunk, I had to sign because of the respect I have for the president," he continued.

    He added that he would not be intimidated by NMS boss Mohamed Badi, accusing him of not complying with the law.

    Sonko handed over functions of the County Government of Nairobi to the national government on February 25 in the presence of Speaker of the Senate, Hon. Kenneth Lusaka and Attorney General, Paul Kihara.  

    This would see the national government take over the County Health services, County Transport services, County Public Works, Utilities and Ancillary services and County Government Planning and Development. 

    On March 18, Uhuru named Major General Mohammed Abdallah Badi as the Director-General of the NMS, something that has brought rivalry between him and governor Sonko.

    “I’m not a politician and I don’t have a say in politics and don’t wish to do so. Mine is service delivery," Badi stated.

    Nairobi Metropolitan Service Director General Mohammed Badi (Blue Berret) pictured at a construction site in Parklands, Nairobi. July 13, 2020.
    Nairobi Metropolitan Service Director-General Mohammed Badi (Blue Berret) pictured at a construction site in Parklands, Nairobi. July 13, 2020.
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