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This is what I will do after Igathe's resignation - Sonko

Article Image This is what I will do after Igathe's resignation - Sonko
Bennie Garza | 16 January, 2018, 14:46

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko yesterday said he is hopeful his strained relationship with Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe will be mended.

Through lawyer Elias Mutuma, Sonko said various creditors have sought to attach the county's property and arrest warrants for some of the county officials have been issued yet his office is the custodian of public property.

The Nairobi County government has gone to court to temporarily stop all payments to its creditors amounting to almost Sh60 billion. In an affidavit, Sonko claims that the previous administrations incurred huge debts which have continued to accrue exorbitant interest. Sonko said Nairobi residents and the county assembly will have a say on his next course of action.

While promising that the county intends to settle the said debts amounting to Sh 57,694,204,678 in six months' time, he said that there was need for an internal audit to be conducted first so as to protect public property.

"There are hundreds of warrants arrest for imprisonment in civil jail pending in the High Courts and Subordinate courts in Nairobi against Nairobi City County officials and these warrants of arrest issued against the petitioners are a real threat to the functions of the county government and greater public interest", he said in court documents.

He said that he was surrounded by academicians and experts who would offer their services to better the city. I shall consult the people, fellow elected leaders and the Jubilee party leadership.

"I have professors, engineers on my team and I have been a member of Parliament, I have served as senator and with God in our corner, the work will continue", he told the media.

Sonko says the County inherited these huge debts from the defunct City Council of Nairobi and the immediate predecessor, which have significantly affected cash flows. "I will address the issue in Nairobi at a later stage." he stated.

"The reports in the papers are hearsay and propaganda", he stated, adding that he is committed to his pledge to the people of Nairobi. "I can not decide now", he said.

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