Stop distracting Governor Sonko with sideshows: Elachi

Saturday May 19 2018

Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi speaks to journalists in Mombasa on May 19, 2018. She urged leaders to support Governor Mike Sonko executed his mandate. PHOTO | BRIAN MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP


Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi has called for a truce between Governor Mike Sonko and his critics.

"As a county assembly, we are pleading for a truce. It is our wish that the national government and our Governor Mike Sonko have a truce.

"We know there is a lot facing our governor. It is important that we support our governor," she said on Saturday during a meeting with members of Nairobi Liaison committee at Flamingo Beach Hotel in Mombasa.

Ms Elachi added: "As a speaker, I was to ensure, together with my team, that the governor has the regulations and laws to govern the city."


Ms Elachi said that the Constitution has provided a framework of how the county and national governments should work.


She called on all leaders to foster peace and a conducive working environment.

"Some of the fights my governor has is due to tenderpreneurs who are demanding much from the Governor. This fight is pulling him down, distracting him from his work and we claim he cannot perform," she observed.

Governor Sonko has come under fire in the recent weeks owing to the assault of former chairman of a Nairobi lobby group Timothy Muriuki and the poor state of the county.


Further, Mr Sonko is working without a deputy governor after Polycarp Igathe resigned, saying he did not earn the governor's trust.

Hence, Mr Sonko has been headhunting for his replacement.

And, a few days ago, he settled on controversial lawyer Miguna Miguna who was deported from the country in March and is currently residing in Canada.

But Mr Miguna flatly declined the offer.