- Sonko said that he even amassed more votes than the President Uhuru himself in 2017, insisting that governors are not presidential appointees.
- “Just look at his replacement [NMS boss Mohamed Badi]; he has opened roads in Industrial Area, among other development projects,” Uhuru had opined.
Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has dismissed as lies comments by President Uhuru Kenyatta that he “helped this young man get the seat.”
In a lengthy statement on Facebook few hours after Uhuru’s remarks, Sonko said that he was validly elected by close to one million county residents, and the President did not play a role in his success.
Sonko said that he even amassed more votes than the President Uhuru himself in 2017, insisting that governors are not presidential appointees.
President Uhuru, in an interview with several vernacular station, had said that he helped Sonko get the coveted governor’s seat, but instead of working “he was up and about, doing nothing.”
“Just look at his replacement [NMS boss Mohamed Badi]; he has opened roads in Industrial Area, among other development projects,” Uhuru had opined.
In his rejoinder, Sonko blamed “a badly run down city” he inherited from his predecessor, Evans Kidero, over his woes at City Hall.
“When I assumed office in 2017, I inherited a badly run down city that held an endemic culture of stealing public resources at the expense of services delivery,” said Sonko.
Sonko adds: “Within a few days after assuming office, I cracked down on the cartels that had held Nairobi hostage for decades, sealed all the looting avenues by digitizing revenue collection, and Nairobians began to enjoy services once again without having to offer or pay a bribe.”
The former governor came under sharp criticism on Saturday when he posted a tweet expressing his bitterness towards the president, siding with retired CJ David Maraga’s sentiments that Uhuru deserves to be impeached.
After been trolled by a section of Twitter users who felt he had gone overboard, Sonko was forced to delete the abusive post.
Ever since his impeachment on December 18 last year, a visibly angry Sonko has been launching attacks on President Uhuru and ODM leader Raila Odinga, insisting that duo are the architects of his downfall.