Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko took advantage of the Gikomba fire tragedy to settle political scores with Nairobi governor Dr. Evans Kidero.
Standing on the podium in front of hundreds and alongside Deputy President William Ruto and Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero among other leaders, Sonko in his speech turned towards Kidero and sought to clear his name against illegal activities.
“Governor ananiita mimi drug dealer, Governor mimi si drug dealer. Mimi hapana drug dealer, mimi ningeomba tufanyie wananchi kazi (The Governor has been going round calling me a drug dealer. Please Governor, I’m not a drug dealer. I’d like us to put all that aside and serve the people),” insisted Sonko amidst the crowd’s noises as Kidero smiled calmly.
Sonko in the same speech also addressed other matters that have been of interest to wananchi lately, such as land grabbing.
“My heart goes out to the victims of the fire. Nairobi County will set aside KSh 500 million for reconstruction of the market,” Kidero pledged the government’s support.
More than half of Gikomba Market was destroyed by the fire, which is the second and bigger fire outbreak at the market this week.
The National Youth Service (NYS) which is currently at the centre of controversy owing to alleged misappropriation of funds will be used in the Gikomba reconstruction.