Uhuru Speaks on Fallout With Sonko

  • Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko (left) with President Uhuru Kenyatta
    Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko (left) with President Uhuru Kenyatta at a function On May 10, 2018
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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta has for the first time spoken about his fallout with former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

    Speaking during an interview broadcasted on 4 radio stations on Monday, January 18, the Head of State explained that his fall out with Sonko was prompted by the fact that he is always fighting people.

    Uhuru also noted that development in the city had been sluggish, until Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) headed by Mohammed Badi took over the reins.

    "I'm the one who helped him get elected, but we fell out because he was always fighting people. Chaos everywhere. You can now see what our new person (Badi) has done on city roads and cleaning up Nairobi.

    Anne Kananu and former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko during a past event
    Anne Kananu and former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko during a past event
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    "Nairobi is an example of how things can change. NMS is transforming the face of the city unlike it was previously," stated Uhuru.

    Sonko and Badi were often at loggerheads after the transfer of key functions including health services, urban planning, transport and public works from Nairobi County Government to NMS.

    Sonko maintained that NMS was an illegally instituted entity and that he was coerced into giving away the functions while under the influence of alcohol.

    The rift seemed to widen after Sonko's impeachment as well as the subsequent appointment of Ann Mwenda Kananu as Nairobi Deputy Governor.

    During his address, Uhuru told leaders hurling insults at him that they were wasting their time.

    "Insult is like mud, it doesn't stick, but goes away as soon you touch water. They think if they insult me I will send the police. Let them be. I'm busy here in my office.

    "As they go round doing their street rallies, they are only talking of the projects they have done with me. Those projects are done from this office of mine, not from the roofs of those cars," he added.

    Nairobi Metropolitan Services Director General Mohamed Badi (centre) together with Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi (right) when they reclaimed the grabbed HIghridge Dispensary clinic on Monday, July 13, 2020.
    Nairobi Metropolitan Services Director General Mohamed Badi (centre) together with Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi (right) when they reclaimed the grabbed HIghridge Dispensary clinic on Monday, July 13, 2020.
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    In the interview that was conducted at State House, Uhuru also confronted a politician in attendance, alleged to be allied to DP William Ruto.

    Without mentioning his name, the President revealed that the politician was unhappy when he joined hands with Ruto ahead of the 2013 General Elections, and even avoided speaking to him (Uhuru) for three months.

    The Head of State noted that he formed alliances in pursuit of peace and defended his handshake with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

    "The reason BBI is not being accepted by our people is because there is someone telling them that they should hold and wait for what he will do. Others have been told it's about Raila, and I wonder. If the money goes to Kirinyaga and Kiambu, who is Raila's neighbour there?

    "Kenyans should not be blinded by noise that BBI will use Ksh2 billion or Ksh14 billion. How much has been looted by some of those complaining loudest which we are trying to recover from them now," he explained.

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    Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga speaking at a service in St. Joachim and Anne Catholic Church, Kayole on Sunday 17 January 2021.
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