By Evans Kidero-County Governor,Nairobi County
Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko took out a paid
advertorial in the Star of Tuesday April 29 to
cast aspersions on my government.
cannot go without challenge.
Nairobi can do better.
This is the general
consensus regarding Nairobi Senator Mike
The man it is generally
accepted single handedly lowers the stature
and value of politics every day he claims to
It is said we all have a little child inside us but
I fear the child overuns the man in this case.
Sonko has brought an unprecedented level of
clownishness and immaturity into Nairobi
His demeanor, theatrics and mannerisms all
testify to an under-development that is not suitable
or advisable for one in high office.
The ridiculous level of showmanship that Sonko
chooses as his modus operandi is embarrassing and
I know it works as the media
loves a good circus and the people a good laugh but
it also reveals a man addicted to the spotlight with
no sense of responsibility or appreciation of the
systematic nature of governance, policy formulation
Sonko was elected as Nairobi City Senator.
Devolution is a new system in which he has a critical
role to play as the capital’s representative in matters
of cash allocation and other devolution central.
also a member of a governance unit comprising
myself and all the other elected leaders of the county
regardless of party affiliation.
This is a role that requires mental keenness, finesse
in argument and a willingness to work with the rest
of the county set up.
Sonko seems to lack an
understanding of this role and possibly the capacity
This is not about showmanship or stealing the
limelight-it about leadership.
Last week on Friday I called all the elected members
of Parliament and Sonko as Nairobi senator to a
meeting to discuss the county’s budget which has
subsequently been revealed.
Sonko decline to attend this meeting and to add
insult to injury Sonko took out a full page advertorial
in the Star to supposedly explain himself but all he
did was attempt to tarnish my image and that of my
This is showmanship yet again and even worse a
manifest unwillingness to work with others.
acts like he is the lone ranger who can sort all of
Nairobi’s problems even they involve complex policy
issues and mulit-level partnerships.
The elected leaders of Nairobi took time to engage
with the Governor on the County budget Sonko could
find it within himself to join the other elected leaders
of Nairobi-from all parties.
He is a one man show.
If indeed his grievances are genuine I find it
impossible to imagine he would fail to find support
from the elected members of county.
advertisement Sonko alleges that I am playing cheap
politics and invited him to use him as a rubber stamp
for the 2014-15 budget.
It might interest Sonko to know that the Governor
does not need his approval for the County budget
and the invitation was for the purposes of
consultation, teamwork and in the best interests of
the people of Nairobi.
He goes to throw out all sorts of claims about looting
of public resources and mismanagement of the
Sonko claims I am rattled by him and the
issues he has raised which include improper transfer
of assets from the City council, a shortfall in banking
totals going as far back as the beginning of March,
garbage collection fraud, disappearance of cash bail
and loss of medical supplies.
That is all good and well but what Sonko
conveniently leaves out of his accusations is that all
the improprieties he seeks to cast on me happened
during the transition period from the City Council to
I was still campaigning on March 1st and so was he if
bothers to recollect.
When I took over as Governor I
realized that there were city council officers who
were taking advantage of the transition for their own
What did I do when I came in?
I fired and suspended
senior officials in the finance and procurement
Some of them their cases are still
pending in court.
I blacklisted 25 companies for
supplying air and receiving payment, overpricing and
other dubious practices.
As far as the Auditor-general’s report goes, that has
to go to the county assembly for debate and adoption
for their recommendations.
When that happens it will
come to my desk and I will take the appropriate
Sonko says he will present evidence to the Senate
devolution committee and the Ethics and Anti-
I invite him to do so.
have also just signed an MOU with the Ethics and
Anti-Corruption Commission to eliminate the vice
from crippling Nairobi County.
In his last point in the advertorial Sonko claims that I
did not consult him on the County Finance Bill which
according to him amounts to a lack of public
participation and makes the bill-actually I signed into
When the constitution encourages public
participation I am sure the framers did not mean
Particularly since when he is invited he
does not show up.
It’s time to stop the one man show
and work with other elected leaders of the county for
the best interests of the people.
The door is open.
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