Sonko:We must protect devolution at all costs  

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko welcoming Visiting Namibian president Dr Hage Gottfriend Geingob who is on a state visit to Kenya. With him are Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma and other state officials . Photo/Samson wire.

By Erick Ludeya

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has warned against any plans to delist Nairobi from the 47 counties and has instead called on politicians to support devolution.

Sonko has told Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot to drop his proposal through a bill targeting to scrap Nairobi County and revert its leadership to the national government.

The Governor has further urged the Senator to focus more on how he can secure the interest of counties especially his Kericho County, rather than call for dissolution of Nairobi City County.

“Let the Senator from Kericho not abuse his powers by deciding the fate of all Nairobi residents. I was also a Senator with him in the last Parliament and I did my oversight role as a Senator without sabotaging devolution. Let him do his oversight role as a Senator and also protect the interest of counties. He should the Senate to resolve the challenges,” said Sonko.

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According to Governor Sonko, Nairobi County has benefited a lot from the devolution process, which he says has seen improved service delivery to city residents.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko with water cabinet secretary Simon Chelugui flagging off the two infrastructure flushing units on October 18th 2018.

Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja, Embakasi East MP Babu Owino and Nairobi County Assembly Minority leader Abdi Hassan Guyo have also warned against such a move.

Sonko was speaking at Maji House after receiving flushing unit equipment donated by the Athi Water Services Board under the Nairobi Regeneration Programme.

The flushing unit is expected to boost the County Government’s efforts to contain flooding in the city and also boost efforts to unclog clogged sewer lines. The equipment was immediately deployed to Gikomba Market to unclog blocked sewer lines and drainage system around the popular market.

Water Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelgui who also graced the event said his ministry is ready to partner with the Nairobi City County Government to clean rivers in the capital city and also improve service delivery in the water sector.

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