Sonko sworn in as Nairobi Governor

Mike Mbuvi Sonko was on Monday sworn in as Nairobi’s second governor taking over from Dr. Evans Kidero.

Upon taking the mantle, the new governor promised to make Nairobi a cleaner city with improved and timely services and to serve all residents without discrimination.

Governor Sonko and his deputy, Polycarp Igathe pledged to work tirelessly to restore Nairobi’s glory, thanking residents for electing them to the helm of the city county.

Today marks the beginning of a journey that will reclaim Nairobi’s glory and place it in its rightful position of a city sparkling with beauty and bustling with business as a result of improved services offered by the county government, said Governor Sonko.

Addressing the public during the inauguration ceremony, Sonko promised clean water for everyone, clearance of garbage, adequate security in the city, a corruption free county and better roads.

Today Nairobi is dirtier than it has ever been. Open sewers and mounds of garbage have become common sites in almost every corner of the city. Acute water shortages have long become a way of life for many residents, who have been left at the mercy of water cartels but today we join hands to embark on a journey to fix a city that has been badly broken down, said Sonko.

Sonko added that it was time to make Nairobi a great city again by making it cleaner, greener, healthier and wealthier, free from corrupt cartels and criminal gangs.

It is completely unacceptable that today a newborn child has a high chance of dying at birth in Nairobi, that criminal gangs operating under the city inspectorate have been terrorizing our residents and the business community besides impunity by the county public officers being common.

He said he will work closely with President Kenyatta and the National Government in delivering the services that people of Nairobi have lacked for a long time.

Present to hand over the instruments of power was the outgoing Governor, Dr. Kidero who congratulated his former Senator.

Dr. Kidero pointed out that had they worked closely in the last term and have left Nairobi better than they found it.

Kidero urged Sonko to be wary of challenges in the way as he seeks to serve the city as he gave an assurance of his support for a smooth transition, further adding that he will always be available for consultation.

I promise a smooth transition and I have no problem referring to Mike Sonko as my Governor. You and me pushed and tried to prove our worth to the people of Nairobi and I urge you to continue with the projects we started, said Dr Kidero.

The event at Uhuru Park was graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta who lauded the outgoing Governor for ensuring a smooth transition and exhibiting statesmanship.

Others present were Deputy President, William Ruto, Tourism Cabinet Secretary, Najib Balala, Devolution Cabinet Secretary, Mwangi Kiunjuri and elect women representative elect, Esther Passaris.

Source: Kenya News Agency