Embattled Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Tuesday had a
message for leaders whom he described as ‘drunk with power’.
In a rant posted on Twitter, Sonko hit out at leaders who
sit at Harambee House although he did not mention any names.
“I have a message to some of my friends at Harambee House
who are drunk with power.
“Power comes, power goes, power is temporary, and transient
but the will of the people, and the will of God, is eternal,” he wrote.
The governor also referred to an incident in 2006 when the
then leader of opposition, Uhuru Kenyatta, tried to quell a standoff between
hawkers and the police.
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“Sometimes in 2006, there was a standoff between hawkers and
police. The current President stepped in to help quell the crisis, but his
efforts did not succeed.
“Senior officers at the OP directed the then Nairobi PPO to
instruct his officers on the ground to disperse the hawkers and the then the
leader of official opposition Uhuru Kenyatta by tear gassing them,” he wrote.
Adding: “Nobody then knew that he would one day become
On why he signed the agreement to transfer certain functions
to the State, Sonko recently denied claims that he was forced into the deal
that clipped his powers.
“There is no back room deal between the president and me in
handing some county functions to National Government. After all, I have a
pending corruption case. Nobody forced me to sign any agreement.”
But the outspoken Governor was hesitant to highlight on the
events that led to the signing of the agreement that was witnessed by the
Speaker of the Senate, Kenneth Lusaka, Attorney General Paul Kihara and Devolution
CS Eugene Wamalwa.
He said that the City takeover was temporary. “I have an
ongoing case in court. The person who could help us was the President… So
far he (Uhuru) has shown us a good example.”
The Governor handed over the key functions to the National
Government in February.
The four functions are, Health, Transport, Public Works and Planning.