Sakaja confirms gubernatorial thirst

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These past few days have thrown Kenya’s capital into confusion, following the arrest of its governor Mike Sonko over Sh 357 million theft.

The possibility of a by-election in Nairobi grows by the day with leaders from different political factions adding their voices to the debate surrounding the leadership of the county.

The latest to jump into the ring is Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja who said he is ready to vie in the gubernatorial race should the current leadership crisis necessitate a by-election.

Speaking during an interview on K24 TV on Sunday, December 15, the youthful Jubilee leader noted that although he was elected to represent the interests of the city in the Senate, he wouldn’t mind vying for the governor position.

“I was elected to be a Senator. However, if the people decide that they want me, I would go for it [governorship],” said Sakaja.

According to Sakaja, there was a possibility of a by-election should the current crisis continues to bite, because the county needs to run under a manager.

“For me, it is about getting Nairobi moving. I am on record talking about the position of the deputy governor. Nairobi must work. It has 17 constituencies and millions of people require services,” he quipped.

Rumours have been flying around that Sakaja will be eyeing the Nairobi governor seat in 2022, something he has denied countless times.. that is it until now.

This even as 50 Nairobi members of county assembly met on Saturday, December 14, to discuss the fate of the devolved unit after Sonko was barred from office.

The county reps drawn from both Jubilee and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) parties discussed to impeach governor Sonko among other things.

“If that time comes and it will be viable…we are going to do it. The party leader called me this morning and we talked about the situation in Nairobi. He told me they are still consulting, all we have to do is wait for directions,” Minority Leader David Mberia said after the Saturday meeting.

The arrest and the barring of Sonko from office has technically created a leadership vacuum at City Hall, bearing in mind he is yet to nominate a deputy since the resignation of Polycarp Igathe in January 2018.

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