“I will Not Nominate A Deputy Governor Until Court Cases Are Dispensed With” – Governor Sonko

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. / Courtesy

Governor Mike Sonko has told a senate committee that his delay in nominating a deputy governor for Nairobi is a non issue.

The Nairobi governor was summoned by senators to explain why he had not presented a name for the position of the deputy governor fifteen months after Polycarp Igathe resigned from the position.

He said that he was not compelled by any legislation to nominate a governor. He asked Senate and the National assembly to pass legislation requiring him to nominate a deputy governor before summoning him.

“There is no legislation to compel me to nominate a deputy governor In the spirit of handshake I received 2 letters from NASA and communication from NASA leader when I was about to table my 2nd nominations for DG I also received communication from Raphael Tuju,” he said.

He said that there was no need of calling the senators to discuss a non issue. He said that the Nairobi senator was not being genuine

“If Senator Sakaja was genuine, he could have summoned me…he is my friend and we campaigned together. I do not think there was any need of calling honorable senators to come deal with this non-issue,” Sonko said.

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Sonko also insinuated that Sakaja was pushing him because he wanted to succeed him as Nairobi governor in 2022, claims the latter denied.

“..that statement needs to be withdrawn. I have never declared anywhere that I want to be the governor of Nairobi. In any case, I am a Kenyan and if I want to vie I am free to do so,” the lawmaker said.

“In any public record, I have never made that declaration… I am looking at issues objectively as the senator of Nairobi and I will continue to exercise my mandate,” he added.

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Written by Merxcine Cush

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