Azimio legislators defend Sakaja after DP Gachagua’s directives


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A disagreement between Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja developed into a full-blown political fiasco between the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and Azimio la Umoja.

Some Western Kenyan Azimio legislators have criticized the DP for interfering with the governorship of Nairobi County.

The lawmakers, led by Busia women representative Catherine Omanyo, ripped into Gachagua, accusing him of sidestepping his responsibilities as appointed by President William Ruto.

Omanyo and other Western-based Azimio legislators including Sirisia MP John Waluke and Kakamega women representative Elsie Muhanda accused Gachagua of playing into tribal politics.

The government officials urged that Gachagua release his tight rein on Sakaja’s authority and let him carry out his duties without interference.

The Azimio legislators wanted the former Mathira lawmaker to make it a priority to promote diversity and inclusion in government. To avoid showing favoritism to the Mt. Kenya area, the leaders contended, Gachagua should safeguard the interests of all entrepreneurs.

Omanyo, who was elected on the ODM party ticket, emphasized that all 47 counties need attention from Gachagua.

Their comments came after Gachagua advised Sakaja against his intentions to move long-distance PSVs from the Nairobi Central District to the Green Park terminal.

Gachagua warned the Nairobi administrator against unfairly treating businesspeople from Mt. Kenya.

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko responded to the Sakaja-Gachagua dispute by threatening to organize a signature campaign to impeach the City boss.

Sonko said that Sakaja had shown contempt for Nairobi’s citizens by ordering the closure of nightclubs in residential areas.

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