NAIROBI, 15TH JANUARY 2018: There is a rift between Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko and his Deputy Polycarp Igathe who has since issued a notice of resignation citing lack of trust between him and the governor.
"Dear Nairobians, it is with a heavy heart that I resign my seat as elected Deputy Governor of Nairobi City County effective 1pm on 31st Jan 2018. I regret I have failed to earn the trust of the Governor to enable me to drive Admin & Management of the county,” he posted on his Twitter account.
The allegations about lack of trust could be true if indeed Governor Sonko secretly recorded this phone conversation and released it to the public.
While the audio does not have any incriminating statements from either parties, it is not clear why Sonko could have recorded that conversation and his intention by releasing it to the public at this time when Jubilee politicians are keen on re-uniting the two. It is also not clear what the main bone of contention is between the two, it is however being alleged that Sonko blocked the payment for work done by a contractor in Nairobi. The processing of the payments were allegedly being fast-tracked by Igathe. In the audio, Sonko is heard making reference to certain payments that he had blocked due to inflated figures.
Jubilee politicians from Nairobi are currently trying to find a truce between the two leaders with the members of the Nairobi County Assembly spearheading the mediation between the two leaders.
Appearing in a local TV station yesterday evening, Nairobi Senator Johnstone Sakaja downplayed the differences between the two teams terming Igathe's resignation as "premature."
"This issue will be sorted out by Nairobi politicians, we still have a lot of time between now and 31st of January. Our most important objective is ensuring that Nairobians get the services they require delivered to them," said Sakaja.