City Hall, Nairobi
Wednesday, January 08, 2020
Fellow Nairobians, and members of the Fourth Estate, good morning?
Our attention has been drawn to misleading and alarmist reports being circulated by mainstream and social media platforms, following a statement that was read by our Speaker yesterday, allegedly on behalf of the Nairobi City County Assembly, and purporting to give the state of Nairobi.
As members of the County Assembly, we wish to set the record straight on a number of issues and state as follows:
FIRST, we all agree that the last few weeks have been very unique and significant in the history of Nairobi, following the dramatic violent and inhumane arrest of H.E. Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko on Friday, December 6th, 2019 in Voi and his subsequent arraignment in court.
At this early juncture, we wish to remind those few colleagues that what Governor Sonko is undergoing is a normal, legitimate and legal process and that they have no capacity whatsoever to determine his guilt so as to initiate illegitimate processes to dictate the functions of the Executive branch of the Nairobi City County government.
SECONDLY, we wish to clarify that there is no administrative or leadership crisis whatsoever in Nairobi, as Governor Sonko remains the duly elected and legitimate Governor of Nairobi, with sufficient structures in place as provided for in law to ensure the smooth operations and service delivery by the Nairobi City County government.
As it stands today, Nairobi has a fully constituted Cabinet, Chief Officers, and functional departments. All the county employees have valid contracts that clearly stipulate their mandates, and are expected to seamlessly DELIVER SERVICES to the people of Nairobi without any interruption.
THIRD, as an Assembly, we firmly believe in the constitutional doctrine of separation of powers between the different arms of government.
We were therefore shocked by the statement read yesterday purporting to direct suspended employees of the Executive to report back to work. This directive remains null and void, and can only have been inspired by the cartels who have been running the show in the various departments. For instance, suspended officers from Planning Department are under investigation. We have lost more than 100 Nairobians in the last five years arising from the collapsed buildings whose illegal approvals are traced back to City Hall. The latest case was the Precious Talent School tragedy in Ngando, where 8 innocent children lost their lives.
When a mother and her child died in the ferry accident in Mombasa, President Uhuru Kenyatta disbanded the entire Kenya Ferry Services Board, and we never saw the National Assembly or the Senate purporting to reinstate them. So, we wonder where our colleagues drew this misplaced wisdom from to interfere with the operations of the Executive.
Anybody who defends incompetence can only be viewed as an enemy of the great people of Nairobi and must be condemned in the strongest terms possible.
We, therefore, wish to call upon our colleagues to desist from backdoor attempts to create anarchy in Nairobi, by sticking to our constitutional mandate of Legislation, Representation, and Oversight.
LASTLY, wish to take this opportunity to urge our colleagues and all leaders to desist from the reckless talk that may cause anxiety in Nairobi, and follow in the steps of the Governor and allow the law to take its natural course, without making unwarranted prejudicial pronouncements that add no value to the great people of Nairobi.
We have all seen what the Governor has achieved in the last two years, despite vehement opposition from the cartels that used to loot from City Hall, and we shall not accept this type of blackmail to intimidate the Governor.
God bless you all.