An audio of Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has revealed how he saved a school in Embakasi from being demolished, just before the KCSE exams.
In the audio, Sonko is heard talking to the owner of the school which police and the provision administration had earmarked for demolition.
He is heard telling the owner that his administration stopped the demolition of kiosks and small businesses in the city.
In September, Sonko ordered for an immediate suspension of demolition of illegal structures in slums.
The directive followed a public outcry from the overpopulated slum areas like Kibera and Mukuru on how the demolitions were leaving residents homeless and helpless.
Speaking during his father’s third Anniversary in Machakos county, Sonko said the teams in charge of demolition should give the affected families alternative structures before demolitions proceed.
“Today over the death of my father, I hereby direct the lands CEC, Director in charge of inspectorate and the county secretary to immediately stop the demolitions. I can no longer persevere seeing my people crying and wailing over destruction of property,” he said.
“Mimi nimeguruma kama simba wa Nairobi na haki ya Mungu kama kuna demolition itaendele bila approval ya ofisi yangu, nyinyi watatu mtaenda nyumbani (I have roared like the Nairobi Lion and if any demolition will be undertaken without the approval of my office, the three of you will be fired),” he added.
The governor faulted Senator Johnston Sakaja and Embakasi East MP Babu Owino who had accused him of ordering demolition of some houses and school in the area, which he says he did not.
When Sakaja and Owino on Monday toured Mradi area in Embakasi East, they accused Sonko of ordering for demolition of houses in the area, including the school which he (Sonko) rescued.
Sonko however maintained that demolitions of buildings and structures sitting on riparian lands and road reserves will proceed. He said that is impunity on environment and his administration in partnership with president Uhuru are committed to ensure Nairobi restores its glory.
Here’s the audio:-
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