MPs back Sonko as City boss welcomes engagements
A section of MPs in Nairobi have rallied behind Governor Mike Sonko, calling on Nairobi residents to support the embattled county boss in his development agenda.
The governor is currently being investigated for a number of suspected fraud related cases.He has also been accused by a section of elected leaders in Nairobi for being a top ‘cartel, failed leadership and poor revenue collection.
But according to Embakasi West MP George Theuri, governor Sonko has done exceptionally well and that Nairobi residents have every reason to rally behind him.
Theuri, who has served as a councilor in the defunct Nairobi City Council, on Thursday hailed Sonko’s road projects in the constituency, the upgrade of Mama Lucy hospital and building of a fire station in the constituency.
“We have seen a lot and especially the projects you have done in Embakasi West and we are looking forward to seeing more,” Theuri said.
He was speaking at the Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital where he joined the City boss for the official launch of the queue management system.
Theuri advised the governor not to get trapped into planned political wars with his opponents but to instead focus on development
“Keep doing what you are doing and we are all behind you. Nairobi residents are seing what you are doing,” he said.
He also mentioned the fast-tracking of the Wakulima market in the constituency as an example of the work done by Sonko.The construction of the market is bankrolled by the World Bank and ongoing works overseen by City Hall.
The legislator called on the governor to convene a meeting with all leaders so that more development ideas can be shared for the benefit of Nairobi residents.
Sonko said he respects all elected leaders in Nairobi and that he has no problem working together with any of them.
He said he welcomes positive and factual criticism from leaders and residents.”I respect all those who are criticizing us but they should do so with facts without smearing all manner of lies,” Sonko said.
This came two days after Embakasi East MP Babu Owino confirmed on his Facebook page that he had held a successful meeting with the governor on the state of the abandoned Fedha Road in the constituency.
The rehabilitation of the road is expected to begin in two weeks after due tendering process is complete.The governor is early next year expected to hold a consultative meeting with all elected and nominated leaders in Nairobi to fast-track development in the county.
Sonko said that he has been in constant touch with most of the MPs in Nairobi across the political divide.
During the event, the governor announced that the county is going to recruit 300 health officers and more enforcement officers.
Despite Makadara’s George Aladwa having been part of the MPs who critisized Sonko for poor leadership, the two are believed to have talked and the governor, who has served as a Makadar MP as well could soon tour the constituency to launch various projects.
Embakasi South MP Julius Mawathe is also a staunch supporter of Governor Sonko who has been at the centre stage in fighting for squarters in the Mukuru Kwa Reauben slums.