Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi and his deputy Polycarp Igathe
  • Governor Mike Sonko has threatened to sack workers who down tools
  • Sonko said that the over 15,000 workers protesting delayed salaries face the axe
  • KCGWU had given City Hall until yesterday to clear the Sh18 billion debt or go on strike

Governor Mike Sonko has threatened to fire workers who go on strike to protest against non-payment of their August salaries.

The Kenya County Government Workers Union had given City Hall until yesterday to clear the Sh18 billion debt or they would take to the streets.

 In a statement, Sonko yesterday said it was unethical for the workers to stage demonstrations yet negotiations were on-going.

"May I warn the over 15,000 workers that participating in an illegal strike called by Secretary General Benson Olunga will only render you jobless," said Sonko.

 "Please take note, the city has more than a million jobless but qualified people who are ready to take your positions as soon as you down your tools."

The governor took issue with Mr Olunga, saying he had failed to present the workers' issues properly.

He said Olunga had resorted to threats and blackmail instead of following through with the negotiations that were underway.

Sonko said he met with union officials on August 30, when several issues, including the workers' welfare, were discussed.

 He urged the workers to be patient as he was in the process of creating a new cabinet.