Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Wednesday afternoon suspended 16 county government officials following the collapse of a building at Precious Talent School that resulted in the death of 7 pupils.
Through a statement seen by Ureport, Sonko said he would not relent in his fight against impunity and blamed the tragedy on some officials in the Urban Planning Department.
“I am convinced beyond doubt that drastic measures have to be taken to reverse the effects of years of flouting Physical Planning Regulations and restore order and sanity, before illegal structures claim more lives as has repeatedly happened before.
“Given the foregoing, I have, therefore, suspended the following Nairobi City County Government officials with immediate effect, to facilitate impartial investigations that have commenced into this unfortunate incident and the conclusion of the ongoing comprehensive systems audit in the Urban Planning Department:
“To ensure minimal disruption of services at City Hall, I have made the following appointments that take effect immediately: Pauline Kahiga as the Acting CECM Finance and Economic PlanningVeska Kangogo as the Acting CECM Health
“As I have stated countless times before, my administration shall not condone or tolerate any form of corruption, incompetence or lethargy that may jeopardize the lives of, or negatively affect service delivery to, Nairobi residents in any way whatsoever.
“Every official in my administration must be ready to take personal responsibility for their sector and work, and be prepared to carry their own cross just as I am always ready to carry my own and assume overall responsibility as County CEO,” said Sonko.