Nairobi gubernatorial candidate Senator Mike Sonko during a recent media briefing at Nairobi Safari Club. PHOTO | ANTHONY OMUYANairobi gubernatorial candidate Senator Mike Sonko during a recent media briefing at Nairobi Safari Club. PHOTO | ANTHONY OMUYA
By COLLINS OMULO

Nairobi County Senator and gubernatorial candidate Mike Sonko is set to launch his manifesto next Sunday ahead of the August 8 General Election.

Senator Sonko, who is vying for the seat on a Jubilee Party ticket, has described the manifesto as a blueprint that for fixing the problems that residents of Nairobi County have been facing, in line with his campaign slogan, ‘Let’s fix Nairobi’.

The manifesto dubbed The Problems of Nairobi County: Chronicle of a City Mismanaged outlines the plans to restore Nairobi and address issues that are critical to the growth of the county considering it is both the administrative and commercial capital of Kenya.

Mr Sonko, who is bidding to unseat the incumbent Dr Evans Kidero of the Orange Democratic Movement party and Nasa, has said that his manifesto would focus on key issues touching on housing, health, education, business, water and sanitation, land and traffic problems in the capital.

SONKO’S PROMISES

The senator, who has enlisted the services of former Vivo Energy managing director Polycarp Igathe as his running mate, has in the past while on the campaign trails blamed Dr Kidero for all the problems that Nairobi County has been going through.

Sonko has promised to change the situation if he gets the nod from the over 2.2 million registered voters in Nairobi on August 8 polls as the second governor of the county.

One of the things he intends to do with regards to business is to allow hawkers into the Central Business District and also reduce the business fees charged for licenses in the county. On education, he intends to build more primary schools to ease the problem of congestion in schools.

On health matters, Sonko has outlined plans to put up more health facilities to help residents have easy access to healthcare. He also wants to address the garbage problem in the city and rein on land grabbing in the city.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to grace the launch together with other Jubilee Party leaders.