Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has on Tuesday (24/4/12) claimed that cartels have ganged up to fight him over his leadership style.
Speaking after hosting Wiper leader and NASA co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka in his office, Governor Sonko said that cartels are unhappy because he has sealed all corruption loopholes in the county.
“Your Excellency (Musyoka) we inherited a dead system in which huge amounts of money have been swindled. We have since fixed all the loopholes and we shall not allow graft to thrive in Nairobi,” Sonko told Kalonzo.
Sonko apologised for the problems Nairobians are facing but blamed his predecessor, Evans Kidero.
Citing clogged drainage systems, Sonko said the former governor (kidero) failed to fix them which has now resulted in flooding after rains.
“The only problem is corruption because garbage collectors have been [doing this work] since 2011. Our hands are tied by laws; you cannot just come in with new contractors … as we wait for recycling plants in Dandora, we need a temporary solution.
“I admit this is a very big headache. The population is 6.5 million during the day and five million at night.
He continued: “I am apologising and admitting that there are challenges in Nairobi. A committee was formed … we are trying to decongest Nairobi and make it clean.”
On his part Kalonzo lauded Sonko for his efforts against graft and in providing quality services to Nairobians.
He, however, noted that more work needed to be done to fulfill promises that were made before last year’s election.
“I’m very happy with your decision to construct a state-of-the-art recycling plant in Dandora, which will resolve the garbage problem in this city,” said Kalonzo.
The Wiper boss urged Sonko to ensure that the environment is well taken care of. He added that the governor should be given two terms to finalise his plans to transform Nairobi.