Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has come out guns blazing in response to the Government’s move to withdraw his security aides. The withdrawal of Governor Sonko’s security detail comes a few days after he was quoted saying that he did not understand the transfer deed he signed with president Kenyatta.
In February 2020, governor Sonko agreed to hand over key county functions to the national government due to the grandstanding the county had been thrown into as a result of Governor Sonko’s arraignment for graft charges. Governor Sonko signed the agreement with president Uhuru Kenyatta.
However, a few months after the transfer of functions, governor Sonko is embroiled in a conflict with the national government in controlling the city. Sonko’s efforts to assist in mitigating the spread of the covid-19 pandemic have been thwarted by the national government.
Last week, governor Sonko met with Deputy President William Ruto leading to widespread political speculation that he could be warming up to DP’s tangatanga side.
Governor Sonko on Monday April 27, 2020, took to social media to condemn the government for frustrating his efforts in the county.
He defended his move to meet with DP Ruto citing freedom of association and his respect for all leaders in the country.
“Kwani(So) being invited by the DP to his office is what you call Tanga Tanga? When Raila went with the DP to Tuju’s house, does that mean Raila is in Tanga Tanga? Two weeks ago Raila invited me to his Upperhill office and I went to see him, why didn’t you people say I had joined ODM?” Governor Sonko said.
He added: “When the President meets with DP, is the President in Tanga Tanga? If any leader be it Kalonzo, Mudavadi, Wetangula, or even the DP and Raila again, invites me for a meeting, I will honour that invitation for the respect I have for all our leaders.”
He told off president Kenyatta’s government maintaining that the old days of political repression are over. He decried the humiliation, embarrassment and frustration meted to him by the national government officials.
“We have democracy and freedom of association in Kenya. Musiniletee bwana the dark days za kufinya watu sehemu nyeti na pakari(Don’t dare us, the old dark days of oppressing people by mutilating their body parts) are over. This frustration, humiliation and embarrassment won’t last forever. There is a Living God in heaven who sees everything and whose time is the best”