Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko appeared to have adopted US President Donald Trump’s early morning social media posting habit as he responded to Friday’s resignation of his deputy Polycarp Igathe by uploading a cryptic video early Saturday.
Mr Sonko posted a video of Eunice Njeri’s song Najua on his Facebook page at 3.19am, which he captioned with just one word: “Najua (I know).”
The chorus of the song, “Najua mkombozi wangu anaishi (I know my saviour lives),” and the message is intended to console those in trouble, that there is a living Superior Being.
The governor’s post elicited mixed reactions, with some followers condemning the county boss for his apparent failures and others urging him to forget about the Friday setback and focus on the task ahead.
“Everything happens for a reason the Bible says that when Uziah died Isaiah saw the hand of the Lord. Our Redeemer lives,” one response said.
“Mike Sonko was a Member of Parliament without Igathe, he was a senator without Igathe. He can be governor without Igathe. Who is Igathe anyway?” another Facebook user typed.
“You failed to steer Nairobi to the right direction. Leadership is about delegation of responsibility. Inferiority complex gave you the fear to sabotage Mr Igathe,” posted another user.
Mr Igathe, on his side, spent his Friday evening and Saturday morning engaging his followers on Twitter, with most of his messages bearing his gratitude to the various compliments he was receiving for his shock resignation on Friday.
“I still do,” he replied to a Twitter user who had told him: “We believe you indeed meant the best for this county.”
“It is a done deal. Handing over as we speak,” Mr Igathe replied to a tweet from a user who had posted: “The best DG I have ever seen ... Kindly reconsider your decision.”