Kenya: Sonko, Kidero Supporters Clash At County Assembly As Senator Names Graft Suspects, Says Sh252 Million Embezzled At City Hall

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko’s supporters faced off with Senator Mike Sonko’s outside City Hall on Tuesday.

The crowds sang songs in praise of their preferred leader and in mockery of the other, and teased each other.

Sonko’s supporters had gathered ahead of his address to city MCAs following their return to work after the December holidays. Kidero’s supporters also showed up.

Two trucks of anti-riot police were deployed to maintain order.

Sonko arrived from a shop on Mama Ngina Street where he had gone to photocopy a bundle of documents.

He said the documents support his claims that corruption is rampant at City Hall.

Sonko claimed that Sh252 million was embezzled during Kidero’s transition into office. He said officials did not bank the money as required.

He further accused Chief of Staff George Wainaina of corruption and one Peter Hongo of fraudulently awarding a garbage collection tender.

“Poverty and unemployment are affecting our people. The county government needs to create wealth. I will support the county in formulating laws but the Executive should address issues of accountability. We can only make Nairobi great if individuals do not steal public money,” he said.

Sonko said he has played an oversight role in administration.

He said the county chief finance officer Jimmy Kiamba was sent on compulsory leave over corruption following his intervention.

“I have ensured public land is not grabbed, I intervened in the cases of Buruburu Girls and Kamukunji high schools whose grabbed land has been returned,” he added.

Sonko condemned Wainaina for leasing Bowling Green Restaurant along Limuru road to a private company saying the decision was rushed while Kidero was new in office.

He asked the governor to clean up the procurement process which he said is flawed.

“Why is lawyer Tom Ojienda representing the county government, Kidero’s family and Mumias sugar? There is conflict of interest here,” he said.

Sonko said he respects the MCAs “contrary to speculation” and asked them to continue fighting corruption.

Flanked by Jubilee and Cord MCAs, he said: “I will do my best to ensure that we all advance the interests of city residents.”

Assembly Speaker Alex Ole Magelo asked Sonko to help the MCAs solve challenges to development.

“The ward development fund has not taken off. The Senate should consider developing a uniform law on ward development funds,” he said.

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