Sonko promises to restore Nairobi’s lost glory

Sonko promises to restore Nairobi's lost glory

Governor Mike Sonko has promised to restore the lost glory and pride of the city.

Speaking at his swearing-in ceremony, which was attended by the President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto as well as the outgoing county boss Evans Kidero, the confident Sonko also vowed to rid the city of the garbage menace which has bedevilled it for ages.


In his brief speech, the new county chief outlined several promises he would deliver in the next five years, including taming corruption at City Hall, jobs for youth, water access and an improved health care system.

“At independence, we started off well as a city, well-maintained roads, beautiful public parks, walkways and lawns were the hallmark of Nairobi. Our streets and estates were clean. We had sufficient and affordable water supply for all our residents. Our health facilities had enough doctors, nurses and other support staff, and they never ran out of medical supplies,” said a bullish Sonko.

Governor Sonko also faulted the previous regime of failing Nairobi residents and running down the city leaving it worse off than they found it.

“Fellow Nairobians, you have had immense faith in me from the time you elected me as an MP for Makadara, and later as your Senator. I have never and will never take the confidence you have in me for granted. Lets work together to restore the lost glory of Nairobi and make the ‘Green City in the Sun’ again,” added Sonko.

Mike Sonko and his deputy Polycarp are set to count on the support of the national government after President Kenyatta promised to work closely with their administration to solve the myriad problems that have plagued the city.

However, the outgoing Governor Kidero warned Sonko to ensure that the national government pays a huge debt it owes City Hall, a debt he faults for his failure to keep promises he made to Nairobi residents in 2013.

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