Johnson Sakaja, the governor of Nairobi, is in danger of being impeached after a dispute with Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua over his newest policy instructions for the city’s administration.
On Monday, December 26th, Mike Mbuvi Sonko, a former governor of Nairobi, made accusations that the current governor was neglecting the city’s citizens and showing disrespect to the deputy president.
His explanation for Sakaja’s victory in the election for governor of Nairobi was that DP Gachagua had successfully courted the vote-rich Mt Kenya area to support him.
Sonko defended his views by saying that business owners like matatu operators were hurt by Sakaja’s decision to move long-distance public service vehicles out of the CBD.
Sonko further said that Sakaja punished Nairobi business owners by shutting down nightclubs and bars in residential neighborhoods.
The ex-governor insisted that Sakaja should honor the decision of the county legislature to overturn his order to close noisy clubs in residential areas of Nairobi.
Sonko vowed to gather impeachment signatures from Nairobi electorates to send him home.
Concurrently, Sonko claimed that Sakaja was not loyal to the United Democratic Alliance and its officials.
Just days before Sonko’s comments, Gachagua had accused Sakaja of trying to hurt Mt. Kenya business owners by shifting PSV vehicles away from the Nairobi Central Business District and toward Green Park Terminus.
Gachagua challenged the new governor, urging him to look out for the interests of the businesspeople who helped elect him.
In response, though, Sakaja insisted that nothing would change in the county.