Irene Githinji and Bernard Gitau @PeopleDailyK
President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday publicly blasted Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko after he insinuated he should not be intimidated by his choice of controversial lawyer Miguna Miguna as his Deputy Governor.
Irked by Sonko’s remarks at Jacaranda Grounds in Embakasi East Constituency, the President angrily told off the governor, saying he could not be intimidated by anyone.
“Sonko amesema hapa ati mimi nisiogope na nisi tishwe sijui Miguna, mimi nataka niwaambie na niwaambie hata nyinyi, mimi naheshimu kila Mkenya lakini sitishwi na mtu hata mmoja, (Sonko has said here that I should not fear or be intimidated by Miguna, I want to tell you (crowd) and Sonko that I respect every Kenyan but I cannot be intimidated by anyone),” said the President.
Uhuru told Sonko to stop sideshows but work for Nairobi residents.“Tuwache porojo, tuwache upuzi, tufanye kazi ya kuinuwa hali ya hawa wananchi jameni, ama mwasemaje wenzangu? Mnakubaliana na mimi tufanye kazi pamoja? Sisi twataka kuona sura ya Kenya ikibadilika. (Let us stop sideshows, stupidity, let us work to uplift the livelihoods of citizens…do you agree with me? We want to see the face of Kenya transforming,)” he added.
Mimi haja yangu ni kufanya kazi na viongozi wote, haja yangu ni kufanya kazi na wewe Sonko kuinua hali ya hawa wananchi. (My intention is to work with all leaders, to work with you (Sonko) to improve the livelihood of citizens),” he added.
The President called for respect from all quarters.
“Sisi tumeungana pamoja mnaona hapa tumekaa mimi nimesema hata Babu Owino ambaye amekaa hapa sio adui yangu ni rafiki yangu…hata (George) Aladwa ni ndugu yangu tuendelee hata hawa viongozi wa Jubilee ni ndugu zangu tuendelee. (We have joined hands, we are seated here with Babu Owino (Embakasi East MP), he is my friend not an enemy,” he said.
The President said he respects all Kenyans but he will not allow people to derail him in delivering his mandate of not only uniting the people across political divide and tribes but also on development.
He made the remarks at Jacaranda Grounds in Embakasi East, where he presided over the handing over of 50,0000 title deeds to Eastlands residents.
Before the President spoke, Sonko had asked him not to be intimidated by news doing round that Miguna had been picked for the position of the deputy governor.
Sonko said together with MCAs, they would continue being firm in their support for the President despite smear campaigns in Nairobi.
“And then there were news doing rounds that I have picked Miguna Miguna to be my Deputy Governor. That should not worry you though because we have a say at the County Assembly. I am being fought all over,” said Sonko.
But when his turn to speak came, a tough-talking Uhuru said it was time to stop petty politics and deliver on the government’s mandate of empowering Kenyans and uplifting their lives.
“Leaders, please stop the petty politics of dividing Kenyans. I am only left with four years and right now I am working for Kenyans and have got no time to waste.”
Uhuru further defended his handshake with Opposition leader Raila Odinga saying he, too, was a Kenyan and had the right to talk to anyone.
Reports of love-hate relationship between the President and Sonko handlers have recently emerged, with the governor yesterday citing frustrations. He recently indicated that his life was in danger and relocated to discharge his duties from his Machakos home.
Interior Principal Secretary, Karanja Kibicho has been consistently mentioned in Sonko’s outbursts, with the governor placing the blame on the PS for his woes.
A week ago, reports emerged indicating that Sonko had moved operations of his office to his Machakos home citing security fears.
Sonko’s bodyguards were reduced from 15 to four even as Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i clarified the move was not political.
Deputy President William Ruto yesterday echoed the President’s sentiments saying all Kenyans agreed to work together after elections.