Nairobi Governor Mike Sonkoâ€™s inaugural speech
SEE ALSO :City Hall on the spot over title deedsFirst I wish to thank the Almighty God, my family and the people of Nairobi for their support that culminated in the victory we celebrate today. I also take this opportunity to welcome you all to the city of Nairobi, and thank you for taking your time to be with us here on this auspicious occasion. Fellow Nairobians, today marks another day in the history of our great city, a city that was founded over 117 years ago. It has been a long journey to where we are today as a people, a journey made up of challenges, but more importantly by victories and tremendous strides that we have made. From the small Dukawallas that dotted our city a century ago, today we pride ourselves in one of the most developed cities in Africa and the world. However, this important day is not historic because of the victory we celebrate today. Today is historic because there is finally hope for the people of Nairobi.
SEE ALSO :Sonko in trouble for snubbing senatorsNairobi is the capital city of Kenya, and brings together Kenyans from all tribes, races and religions. As such, our city deserves a leadership that has demonstrated capacity to deliver beyond our tribal, racial or political differences. And that is what my new administration embarks on today. Fellow Nairobians, you have had immense faith in me from the time you elected as a Member of Parliament for Makadara, and later as your Senator. I have never, and will never take the confidence you have in me for granted. On many occasions, I have gone beyond the call of duty to serve, and there will be no exception going forward. It is therefore with deep humility that I take up the great responsibility you have bestowed upon me as your new Governor. I have never made a promise that I never kept, and this day I wish to give you my personal assurance. Nairobi will never be the same again from today. I shall work around the clock to guarantee efficient and timely services for all our residents. My new administration will put in place an elaborate plan to clean up the mess that has been left behind by the outgoing county government, while ensuring that every resident shall get value for their money as taxpayers. In my government, the garbage menace shall become history as we have already demonstrated in the ongoing “Operation Ng’arisha Jiji.” This auspicious day marks the end of the cartels that have held the people of Nairobi hostage for many years. Land grabbing and forceful evictions of our people without following due process will be a thing of the past. There shall be enough water for all residents. We shall build enough markets for our small scale traders and review licenses to enhance ease of doing business. We shall support our youth, women and persons living with disabilities to start and grow their businesses, while creating employment opportunities. We shall seal all loopholes to suffocate the thieves who have been stealing our revenues. We shall build new and equip existing health facilities to guarantee our citizens of first class health services. We shall make Nairobi the preferred destination for all local and foreign investors and tourists. Because we deserve the best, and we shall become the best. Under my administration, Nairobi shall shine again as the face and gateway to Africa. I want to sincerely thank each and every one of you for your continued support and goodwill, and invite you to partner with me in restoring the lost glory of Nairobi, and make it the “Green City in the Sun” again. As Nelson Mandela once said, “It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger or work. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” God bless you all. God bless Kenya.
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