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I’m still the city boss, says Governor Sonko

Saturday February 29 2020

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on March 29, 2019. This week he surrendered several county functions to the national government. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

JUSTUS WANGA
By JUSTUS WANGA
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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has maintained that he is still in charge of affairs at the City Hall despite ceding key functions to the national government on Tuesday.

In an interview with the Nation, the beleaguered county chief sought to downplay the now widely held perception that he had been coerced into surrendering his duties to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government.

“Unbeknown to many, the Tuesday event was the culmination of a series of consultations we have had with the President on how best we can serve the people. It does not mean that I cease to be the governor. No, I’m firmly in charge at the City Hall and we remain focused on delivering on the Jubilee manifesto,” the governor said.

DAILY OPERATIONS

He added that he will co-chair the committee that will oversee the daily operations of the city and, with the backing of the President, he was now sure to eliminate the cartels he claimed had been plotting his ouster.

But even as he exuded confidence, a looming impeachment motion could bury him next week. On Friday evening, Jubilee MCAs were summoned to a meeting with the President to be held at State House this morning.

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While there were conflicting reports on the agenda of the meeting, a well-placed source at the Office of the President intimated that the lawmakers are likely to be asked to drop the impeachment motion against Sonko.

Appearing not to blame the Jubilee Party for not whipping the lawmakers into line, the governor said: “The MCAs are within their mandate. That is the law.”

He said he had no regrets for agreeing to have the national government take over some of his functions.

“I wish to reiterate my commitment to the Deed of Transfer of Functions that I signed with the national government. I meant well in doing this and in due course, I will be vindicated,’” he said.

BEST PRACTICES

He observed that the devolved unit alone had no capacity to deliver on its mandate without the support of State House.

“Show me any capital city in the world where the national government has no say in its day-to-day operations. It is in line with best practices,” he said.

Mr Sonko is facing corruption charges in court and has been barred from setting foot at his City Hall office, forcing him to operate from his private offices.