Sonko’s committed fight against cartels and corrupt officials within the Nairobi County government has led to the arrest of two workers union officials.

Officers from the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission, while acting on a tip-off from Sonko’s office, arrested Nairobi City Workers Union Chairman Boniface Waweru and Secretary General Benson Olianga.

The two were arrested on Tuesday after they received a Sh1 Million bribe solicited from Mike Sonko. They had demanded the bribe in order to call off a planned Nairobi county workers strike.

The workers Union had issued a strike notice in September over Sh18 Billion debt that the county owed them in unpaid statutory deductions and salaries.

Olianga stated that the former county government led by Governor Evans Kidero owed the workers Sh11 Billion for Laptrust, Sh6 Billion for Lapfund, over Sh500,000 in penalties for NHIF and NSSF deductions and Sh1.2 Billion for salaries.

Governor Sonko, however, intervened and discovered that the finance department had not requested for release of funds.

“It is unfortunate that the delay has been occasioned by sabotage in the Finance Department led by the outgoing Executive Committee Member in charge of Finance who deliberately refused to make a formal request to the Controller of Budget to release funds on time,” said Sonko in a statement yesterday.

“To address this unfortunate occurrence, I have reached a decision to reorganize the Finance Department and soon heads will roll. It has further come to my attention that the matter is a fight back plot by a cartel from Finance, Legal, Rates and Revenue Departments who upon leaving office vowed to paralyze operations at City Hall. I shall not be intimidated by any one/ cartel and no amount of threats shall make me give roadside executive orders against the constitution to please a few individuals. ”

Watch a video of the arrest below.


Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission detectives while acting on a tip off from my office arrested two Nairobi County Government Workers Union officials for demanding a bribe of Ksh1m to call off a planned Nairobi county workers strike.

Posted by Mike Sonko. on Tuesday, October 17, 2017