Cooperate and support President Uhuru’s plans for the city Governor Sonko tells MCAs

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko in a meeting in his office. PHOTO/GPS

By CITY CORRESPONDENT

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has called on his Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) to end their squabbles and unite in delivering better services to city residents.

The governor also asked the County Assembly to fully support the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) and any agenda proposed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mr Sonko offered to host a meeting of all the MCAs to discuss how they can effectively work together in supporting President Uhuru’s agenda.

“We were all elected by Nairobians who are currently watching us. Let’s end these unnecessary wrangles and work for our people. The squabbles and divisions among us must end now. We no longer need camps but unity of purpose that will ensure the NMS and the county deliver on their mandates,” Mr Sonko said.

He spoke during a meeting with opinion leaders and youth group leaders from various wards in the city on Wednesday morning.

Mr Sonko said it is possible for the county to work closely with the NMS without squabbles as long as both parties demonstrate mutual respect and respect to the rule of law.

The Governor added that the rule of law must be expressed and police should stop using excessive force on those picketing.

He was referring to the recent assault of Mlango Kubwa MCA Patricia Mutheu during a scuffle at City Hall over the impeachment of now resigned Speaker Beatrice Elachi.

Police officers clobber Mlango Kubwa MCA Patricia Mutheu at City Hall on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. PHOTO/FILE

“I am guarded by police. They are my friends. But the rule of law must be respected. Police should not apply excessive force on those picketing. What was experienced at the County Assembly recently was very absurd,” he said.

The governor Sonko further asked the MCAs to respect those in positions of authority if they expected to receive the same respect from those who elected them.

“There will be no problem as long as we all recognize that we have laws that govern our operations and we respect one another and the rights of the people who elected us,” he noted.

He said he is aware of the projects the President wants accomplished in Nairobi, among them; affordable houses, the sewer system in Mukuru kwa Reuben, Kibra, Uthiru, Kariobangi and other slum areas.

“Some of the projects being implemented were in our five year master plan. Let’s support all projects being initiated for the benefit of the people of Nairobi,” Mr Sonko said.

The Nairobi Governor said the electorates were keenly watching their leaders and they will once again determine their fates during the next General Election in 2022.

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