By Samson Wire.
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has told off those insisting that he move county operations from his home in Machakos back to Nairobi saying he will not be blackmailed.
Speaking to journalists in Mua after a memorial service for his late father on Friday, the Nairobi County boss maintained that he will not relocate to City Hall.
He was responding to an ultimatum from MCAs through their Majority leader Abdi Guyo that he move back to Nairobi within two weeks.
Sonko remained defiant stating that he will not be cowed by the ward reps who he claims are out to give him undue pressure.
The Nairobi Governor moved operations to his Mua home in Machakos four months ago citing “security reasons”.
Sonko said despite being the governor of the capital city, he still prefers his rural home in the neighboring Machakos County.
“I like this place and I will never leave my rural home. It is also here where I buried my late father. It takes me just about a 25 minute-drive from Nairobi to my home,” he said.
He said some MCAs had been threatening to impeach him demanding that he fills the position of deputy governor left vacant following the resignation of Polycarp Igathe in January this year.
“I nominated lawyer Miguna Miguna to the position but the assembly failed to endorse him. As such I will have to go back to the Supreme Court to seek an advisory on what should be done in circumstances where a nominee to such a position is rejected,” he said.
The governor said he was determined to have the position of the deputy governor filled, but in accordance to the rule of law. “I am also consulting with my party leader as well as party organs with regard to finding a suitable replacement of my deputy,” he added.
However, Sonko said he would not interfere with the move by MCAs who have passed a Motion to impeach the county assembly Speaker, Beatrice Elachi. “My working relation with the Speaker has been good but I cannot interfere with the decision by the MCAs since the assembly is an independent institution,” said Sonko.
Speaking at the same event Acting CEC Health Veska Kagongo lauded the medical camp that was organized by the governor at his Mau residential homer where over 400 residents benefited.