President Uhuru Kenyatta’s stop over at Pumwani area in Nairobi last Friday October 23 was met with an embarrassment after Mike Sonko’s supporters attempted to stage a protest against his speech.
The President who had met a group of bodaboda leaders at Social Hall in Nairobi a few moments ago decided to make a sudden stop over at Pumwani area to address residents when the unfortunate occurred.
Chants of ‘Sonko, Sonko, Sonko’ rented the air as the Head of State tried hard to urge them to support the newly constituted Nairobi Metropolitan Service NMS led by General Major Mohammed Badi.
Uhuru was heard pleading with the Nairobians to support General Badi’s agenda to develop the city saying his government was in full support of the course to reclaim the lost glory of the city.
After learning of what was happening from the revolting crowd, President Kenyatta switched topics by saying he was still willing to reunite city leadership made up of Badi and Governor Sonko.
“I do not know if it is possible but I promise to try,” the president stated.
The duo (General Badi and Governor Mike Mbuvi) have constantly been clashing since the transfer of some functions to the national government.
Sonko, on his part, has cried foul by saying the Badi led NMS was overstepping their mandate by interfering with the little that had remained for him.
He further claimed that there was a plot to take way the city from his hands despite having been elected by residents to run for them the city.
Since coming to office, Governor Sonko has had his fare share of tribulations including accusation of graft some which he is still fighting in court.
He is also facing impeachment which was only slowed down by Statehouse operatives when a section of MCAs were already in the process of collecting signatures to send him packing.
On October 15, the embattled Governor, in retaliation, refused to sign sh 37.5 billion Nairobi City County Appropriation Bill 2020 which wanted to see his rivals NMS funded with a whopping 27.1 billion.
“I have outlined in detail illegalities and inconsistencies contained in the budget that was presented by cartels from State House, Harambee House and the Nairobi Metropolitan Services at the last minute, swapping it with the original Budget Proposals earlier submitted by the County Executive,” partly read the statement.
According to Sonko, there were forces from the Statehouse hell-bent on undermining his office despite having created some space for them to support him manage the complicated city. He has since been categorical that he will not go down without a fight. Here is the Video/Courtesy–