Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has poked fun at his Nairobi counterpart Mike Sonko for allegedly running the affairs of City Hall from Machakos.
Dr Mutua made the remarks in jest on Thursday on the last day of the Third Legislative Summit at Pride Inn in Mombasa.
“Where we are, we want to be able to work together in a stable country. It is good to see my county is being used by more than just myself to run a government,” said Mr Mutua who was representing Council of Governors.
“I also want to welcome the Members of Nairobi and Machakos County Assemblies to come there and we hold some of our sessions together,” he added.
Pictures of the governor Sonko meeting his cabinet at his home in Machakos were widely shared on Monday on social media after his security detail was down scaled from 15 to five last week.
Sonko himself has gone on record to defend his decision to relocate the operations of City Hall to his home in Machakos citing security reasons.
“If my life is in danger, I can only seek refuge where there is safety. My house in Nairobi has no security, but here (Machakos home) at least I have adequate security. That’s why I decided to come over here,” Sonko told journalists.
The meeting came after he summoned the county executive committee members for a round table get-together on Sunday; an insider revealed that they held a follow-up meeting on Tuesday.
However, City Hall Deputy Director of Communication Elkana Jacob on Wednesday dismissed the claims while calling for an end to public utterances that make it look like Sonko is in hiding.
Governor Sonko has been at the palatial Athi River home since last week after his nomination of lawyer Miguna Miguna as the next Nairobi county deputy governor to take over from Polycarp Igathe.