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Sonko blames ‘Uhuru’s men’ for City Hall crisis

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has accused unnamed individuals ‘close to State House’ of interfering with the affairs of City Hall.

Mr Sonko, however, clarified that the said individuals might not be directly from State House but are part of a clique which opposed his campaign  and created the perception that he couldn’t deliver if elected as the governor of Nairobi.

“It is a story for another day. It is a very big story. There is interference, not directly from State House but within the system. The interference is coming from the people who never thought I could be the governor,” Sonko said on Wednesday during an interview with a local radio station.

The Governor, however, termed President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto as his friends, saying he has worked closely with them throughout his political career.

“There is interference in the affairs of City Hall from outside and even State House, but the names of President Kenyatta and (William) Ruto are not there,” he said.

“We are partnering with the President in many development projects and he is also ready to release the funds they owe us. I have no problem with the President, he is a good leader and he supports me and we are also supporting him to have a good legacy as he goes to retire,” he added.

Sonko stated that the individuals were the same people who fought him before and during Jubilee party nominations when he faced former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth and also during his duel with former governor Dr Evans Kidero, contests which he emerged victorious.

IGATHE’S RESIGNATION

“There is a clique of people who never thought I could be the governor and fought me during the nominations creating the perception that I could not beat Peter Kenneth,” he said.

The City Hall boss said that the individuals have also put up a team to discredit his administration by opening up fake social media accounts to disparage his development agenda.

“There are team out there that strives to create the perception that I cannot deliver. They operate through fake non-existent account in social media to bring me down,” he said.

At the same time, the governor claimed that he knows the people who ‘misled’ his deputy Polycarp Igathe to resign from his post.

He accused the said individuals of being hell bent on causing divisions in Nairobi, but promised to deal with them politically.

“Two or three advisors misled him (Igathe) and I’m sure he is regretting the decision but I am happy that we are still talking. We know those behind his resignation.”

“I only take orders from the President and his deputy. We are going to deal with those people who want to bring divisions in Nairobi,” Sonko said.