Nairobi county boss Mike Sonko has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to help him fight cartels at City Hall.

Sonko, while inadvertently admitting his helplessness in dealing with the cartels, said the corruption scourge within his administration needs the president’s intervention.

“Lakini rais ile cartel tunaojaribu kudismantle hii Nairobi itafika mahali Mweshimiwa rais uingilie,” said Sonko.

This loosely translates to, “Mr President, the magnitude of the cartel we’re trying to dismantle requires for your intervention.”

He added: “Ile cartel iko hii Nairobi ni kubwa zaidi, nahitaji msaada wako kudismantle.”

(The size of the cartel that is in Nairobi is exponential and I need your help to dismantle it)

The governor spoke during Wednesday’s launch of the Nairobi Expressway presided by Uhuru.

Sonko told Uhuru that the recent Precious Talents School tragedy that led to the death of eight children was due to laziness within his administration.

He lamented that his plans to sack corrupt county staff have been thwarted by cartels that are trying to protect some county officials “because they are the beneficiaries”.

The Nairobi county CEO also admitted that cartels have hijacked efforts to bank revenue collection and urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene.

“Vile ulifanya KRA ukapeleka wafisadi nyumbani, naomba msaada wako. Nairobi kama ni revenue chukua huko national government,” Sonko said.

(Just as you did at KRA by sacking corrupt officials, I’m asking for your help. Let the national government collect the city’s revenue)