In Summary
  • The MPs claimed that Mr Sonko is running a non-functional executive, full of nepotism, insults, bullying characterised by intimidation and even physical assault.
  • At the county assembly, the MCAs, drawn from both sides of the aisle, said they read malice in the attacks by the senator saying the governor has initiated projects across the county including in infrastructure and health.

The political differences between Nairobi leaders Senator Johnson Sakaja and Governor Mike Sonko have bubbled into the open.

The senator on Thursday led nine MPs from Nairobi in accusing the governor of presiding over a dysfunctional executive characterised by gung-ho tactics and called for a comprehensive forensic audit of all money allocated to the county in the last three financial years - 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19.

But in a quick rejoinder, MCAs dashed to the defence of the governor and accused the senator of playing politics in his attacks. They claimed Mr Sakaja has failed to facilitate any policy to the benefit of Nairobi County during the two years he has been a senator.

On Thursday, Mr Sakaja and the nine MPs said the county government has failed to deliver the critical services enumerated as county functions, including health, water, sewage and sanitation, estate and feeder roads, physical planning, early childhood education among others.

“As MPs, we would like to absolve our MCAs from a certain degree of blame understanding the difficult and hostile environment that they are operating in,” Mr Sakaja said during a press conference at Parliament.

The MPs claimed that Mr Sonko is running a non-functional executive, full of nepotism, insults and bullying characterised by intimidation and even physical assault.

“The destruction of personal property by the county executive has left MCAs with their hands tied behind their backs limited on service delivery to their electorate,” Mr Sakaja said.

The MPs said the audits should establish the county roads projects for the past three financial years, who was awarded the contracts, for how much, the status of completion and the ward or constituency where the road is located.

They also want an investigation into all medical machines and equipment purchased under the government, county purchase or procurement agreement, the hospitals in Nairobi that have benefited and the status of the equipment.

They also want an audit of all money spent to equip all Level One to Four hospitals in Nairobi with medicines and non-pharmaceutical purchases for the last three financial years and the total amount spent on each constituency for infrastructure development of all dispensaries and hospitals.

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