Cracks Emerge as UDA Leaders Accuse Sakaja of Funding Raila's Kamukunji Rally

Nairobi MCAs during a physical sitting in 2020
Nairobi MCAs during a physical sitting in 2020

The Leader of the Minority in Nairobi County Assembly Anthony Kiragu on Tuesday, January 24, accused Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja of working in cahoots with the Azimio la Umoja Coalition in facilitating the Kamukunji rally. 

Speaking during a presser in Nairobi, the Minority Leader noted claimed that he had evidence linking Sakaja to the organization of the Monday, January 23, rally that saw Azimio Leader Raila Odinga lead his troops in criticising the government. 

He alleged that the County Chief assisted in providing a venue where mobilization and fundraising for the rally took place during the weekend preceding the rally.

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A file photo of Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja

In addition, the Waithaka Ward Representative alleged that Sakaja contributed funds towards the support of the rally, money which was collected from the latter's office in one of his offices. 

"He donated a charter hall on Sunday afternoon where groups were meeting during the day to strategize, to mobilize and do fundraising for that event," the Minority Leader stated. 

We are aware that he did not just provide the venue but also financed it and money was collected at his private office at Riverside. You can fool some people sometimes but you cannot fool all people all the time," he added. 

The Waithaka MCA has since demanded that the governor comes out clean on his political affiliation in the wake of allegations of working with the Azimio Coalition.

"We are appealing to him that he should not wear a yellow t-shirt during the day and a blue one at night," he added. 

Attempts to reach the governor and his communications team for a comment on the same bore no fruit. 

The allegations were the latest development in the push and pull that has been manifested between the governor and MCAs from his minority side. 

Despite being elected under the Kenya Kwanza umbrella, the MCAs accused Sakaja of sidelining them in matters touching on the county's management.

The idsconnect between Sakaja and his MCAs was manifested after an exchange between Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and his alies after the second-in-command opposed the move to kick out public service vehicles from the city. 

They also accused Sakaja of appointing county officials from the Azimio la Umoja side. 

The office of Nairobi Governor at City Hall, Nairobi on Tuesday, July 28, 2020
The office of Nairobi Governor at City Hall, Nairobi on Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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