Following Kidero’s loss in last week’s General Election, Sonko’s job moving forward should be relatively easy. Kidero was without a doubt the least performing governor in the whole country and ‘Nairobians’ must be expecting progress under the Sonko-Igathe leadership.
The Nairobi governor elect is wasting no time and has set the ball rolling in what will be a crucial five years as the Capital City boss.
Even before the swearing in ceremony, Sonko has done more work than Kidero ever did in five years.
Sonko’s first major headline making move is the ‘Magufulisque’ rejection of the Sh 25 Million set aside for his inauguration ceremony.
Sonko has, instead, directed that the money, allocated by the Assumption of Office Committee, be used to offset the one-month arrears owed to county employees.
“We had a fruitful meeting with Kenya County Government Workers Union (KCGWU) and agreed workers must be paid before I assume office,” said Mr Sonko.
Of the Sh 25 Million, Sh2.4 million had been set aside for fuel of VIP cars, security Sh6.3 million, works Sh2.7million, swearing–in ceremony Sh11.1 million, public health Sh384,900 and briefing and documentation Sh2 million.
The former Senator said he will also contract more than 1,000 youths, including members of the Sonko Rescue Team, to remove posters of candidates of the just-concluded elections and other litter.
Another note-worthy move by Sonko is his pledge to contain the rampant unscrupulous ‘tenderpreneurs’ within City Hall.
In a statement released yesterday, Sonko said he had noted “some individuals purporting to be my staff are soliciting bribes from contractors and suppliers to influence speedy processing of their pending payments”.
To contain the situation, Sonko said once he is sworn in, he will put in place an elaborate process to ensure tenders are awarded transparently.
Early signs are looking good for ‘Nairobians.’