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Sakaja, Sonko in Ugly Public Spat at the Senate over Deputy Governor, 2022 Politics

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Wednesday locked horns with Senator Johnson Sakaja despite each claiming ‘they are friends.’

Sonko hit at Sakaja when he appeared before the Senate wondering why Sakaja was bringing none issues yet they were friends.

The none issue according to Sonko was the DG position in Nairobi

“Even the other day he sent me a picture that we took some two years ago. So I am shocked that Senator Sakaja is bringing this matter to this committee,” Sonko said.

The governor spoke on Wednesday when he appeared before the Senate’s Devolution Committee to explain why he has failed to appoint a deputy, more than 15 months after Polycarp Igathe resigned.

“There was no need of calling senators to come and deal with this non-issue…I have shown goodwill by nominating Miguna.. this is not a serious issue,” he said

He accuses Senator Johnson Sakaja of petitioning the Senate instead of engaging him to address the matter.

“The senator would have summoned me to ask me these issued instead of petitioning the Senate. So this is a none issue. So this is a none issue,” he said.

The governor claimed that Sakaja is ‘fighting’ him because he wants to succeed him in 2022.

But Sakaja, objected saying he has never announced or declared interest in the governor’s seat. He says he is only playing is oversight role as a senator.

Sonko, however, notes that he has shown goodwill and has even appointed Miguna Miguna as his deputy but the same was rejected by the MCAs.

 He says he was prepared to name a deputy last December but fails after he received two letters from NASA chiefs, Raila Odinga, urging him to appoint their preferred persons in the spirit of the handshake.

“I still consulting because this is an emotive issue. Furthermore, there is no law that allows me to appoint a deputy,” he said.

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