Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Director-Gen Mohamed Badi has revealed how since he assumed his current role, he has managed to keep Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko in check while avoiding his theatrics.
Gen Mohamed Badi, a Kenya Airforce active major general, speaking on Citizen TV’s JKL show on Wednesday, asked how he manages to deal with the unruly city governor, said it was through silence.
“The best way is to keep quiet and that way you will keep him on guessing what you are doing. Sonko believes I’m finishing him politically but I have no political ambitions, I have stated that before. In fact, he should take advantage of what I’m doing by taking credit for it,” Gen Mohamed Badi said during the live interview.
Gen Mohamed Badi’s military background aside, he seems to borrow a leaf from Roberte Greene’s book 48 Laws of Power in which he advises that power cannot accrue to those who squander their treasure of words.
“Power is in many ways a game of appearances, and when you say less than necessary, you inevitably appear greater and more powerful than you are,” Greene writes in parts.
The general who termed himself as “the new sheriff in town” recounted how he found the city-county “disorganized” save for his military background.
“It was sort of disorganized but remember reaching the level of General in the military means you have done management at a higher level so it’s not a new area for me; managing the city is just like management in the military,” Gen Mohamed Badi added.
He noted that his vision is to have an all-inclusive green modern city of choice for habitation, investment, and tourism, something he admitted he has to burn the midnight oil to achieve.
“I started with garbage because we had to bring sanity in garbage collection. We now want to make it into law so that it is a must for everybody to clean their area,” Gen Mohamed Badi said.