Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has declared he will not apologise for remarks he made about Esther Passaris unless the Nairobi Woman Rep apologizes first.
Sonko on Monday said that Esther Passaris was trying to pit him against women following her dramatic walkout during his speech on Madaraka Day.
“Anataka kunipiganisha na wamama na mimi nawapenda sana wamama,” said Sonko. “Mama mmoja asifanye diversionary tactics za kunikosanisha na wamama. Mimi niko na bibi na watoto wasichana.”
Acknowledging that he respects Passaris as she has a development agenda for Nairobi, Sonko said she must apologize first for her own disparaging remarks against him.
“Akianza ku apoligise, hata mimi nta apologise,” said Sonko.
“[Nairobi women rep Esther Passaris] who spoke first made so many allegations against me some bordering on corruption. Since all these allegations were made against me on the same podium I had the right of reply on that same podium,” he explained.
Sonko also shared a video in which Esther Passaris accused him of delaying approvals for her projects. Ms Passaris also insinuated that Sonko has been dishing out cash handouts from proceeds of corruption.
“Our governor has been on TV showing off his 1,000 title deeds, he also demonstrated that he is able to beautify Uhuru Highway from his own pocket. I don’t have the kind of money the governor has.
“If we want to abolish corruption in Kenya then we have to stop dishing out money here and there without clearly showing where that money is coming from,” she stated.
On Saturday, Passaris walked out after Sonko demanded she stops calling her. “Mimi si bwana yako niwe nashika simu ile saa unataka…” said Sonko.
Adding, “…wewe hiyo pesa yako kidogo peleka kwa children’s home, mimi yangu mingi nitapelekea wananchi…wewe pesa yako kula na bwana yako na watoto wako mimi yangu nitakula na maskini, vijana, kina mama na Nairobi yote.”