President Uhuru Kenyatta has thanked former Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero for his service to the city from 2013.
Addressing Kidero during the inauguration of incoming Governor Mike Sonko, the President applauded him for accepting defeat graciously.
“Kwanza ni kumshukuru gavana ambaye alikuweko, Gavana Dr Evans Kidero kwa vile ameonyesha ya kwamba yeye ni mtu anayependa taifa lake, wamefanya campaign na amekubali ya kwamba Mike Mbuvi ameshinda na amemkabidhi uongozi kwa roho safi, mimi nasema mungu ambariki, asante sana na twakutakia mema uko mbele,” said Uhuru.
“First I would like to thank Kidero for showing patriotism, they campaigned and he has accepted defeat. I want to wish him all the best in his future endeavours and may the Almighty God Bless him”.
The new Nairobi Governor Sonko in his speech listed access to water, better healthcare, proper sewage systems, reliable water supply, and well-maintained roads as some of his priorities.
“This important day is not historic because of the victory we celebrate today. Today is historic because there is finally hope for the people of Nairobi.
“I therefore stand before you today to declare that the old Nairobi has finally come to an end. Today we join our hands to embark on a journey to fix a city that has badly been broken down, to a cleaner, greener, healthier and wealthier city,” Sonko noted.
Some of the leaders who graced the inauguration were Deputy President William Ruto, former Governor Kidero, his deputy Jonathan Mueke and newly elected Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris.
Kidero wished Sonko the best as he starts his term and also promised to engage in matters of the county government if called upon.
“ I promised a smooth transition and I have no problem referring to Mike Sonko as my Governor … Me and you pushed and tried to prove our worth to the people of Nairobi… I urge you to continue with the projects we started,” Mr Kidero indicated.
Dignitaries and thousands of Kenyans also attended the much awaited ceremony.