Sonko building 17 swimming pools amid water rationing; Nairobians go ham
Revelations by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko that he has started building stadia and swimming pools across Nairobi have been greeted by anger.
The governor shocked city residents on Tuesday by sharing photos of ongoing construction of swimming pools and sports fields in every constituency.
Nairobians could have none of it and angrily questioned why the governor was building swimming pools while the city is experiencing perennial water rationing.
Water rationing has persisted in Nairobi despite the ongoing rains. The governor last week increased the number of days Nairobi estates receive tap water after water levels at Ndakaini dam rose significantly. But there are still some estates that go without water for four days in a week.
Nairobians online criticised the governor’s project as misplaced priorities.
My administration is in the process of constructing sports fields and public swimming pools in all the 17 constituencies in the county. Check link for more details. https://t.co/Ft782IK13o pic.twitter.com/mUTODZ6hXn
— Mike Sonko (@MikeSonko) July 2, 2018
Swimming pools? Where is the water? We are still having serious water rationing how are pools in every constituency sustainable? Budget? @SakajaJohnson
— Lorna Irungu (@KuisanMacharia) July 2, 2018
Half of the city’s residents don’t have access to clean and safe drinking water; but we are thinking swimming pools?
— Duke of Gatanga (@dnkariuki) July 2, 2018
Seems the governor has found a new solution…washing our problems away while swimming
— Oliver Kwambai (@Oliwink) July 2, 2018
Safisha Jiji kwanza boss,
Fields and swimming pools will come later.
— James Muoki (@JamesMuoki8) July 2, 2018
I think anatengeneza swimming pools jiji lioge…haha
— David githaiga (@Davidgithaiga4) July 3, 2018
Public swimming pools na hatuna maji kwa nyumba
— Kenn (@kennlebu) July 2, 2018
I actually think this is one way of reducing unemployment. There are so many talents out there that are wasted once the youth step out of learning institutions that have such facilities including swimming pools and fields for sports such as Basketball not just football.
— Shirukags (@jwkagucia) July 3, 2018
Is this another cash cow project? Manage Takataka ya Nairobi and traffic jam. No one needs swimming pool. #SonkoTheDramaQueen
— Abdullahi Derow (@AbdullahiDerow) July 3, 2018
We have enough pools! It’s very evident when it rains. You should prioritise on infrastructure and proper city planning! Rural-urban migration is real! At 5:30am traffic… What happened to the Metro Trains idea?
— That Kenyan Dude (@ThatKenyanDude) July 3, 2018