Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko is open to dialogue to help mend his relationship with exiting deputy Polycarp Igathe. In a telephone interview with People Daily yesterday, the governor said he was ready for any form of talks that would reconcile them, but noted he would consult the Jubilee Party top leadership on the way forward. Igathe resigned on Friday, claiming he had failed to earn Sonko’s trust.
“I welcome any approach to negotiations despite the fact that I am still consulting,” said the governor. Sonko’s remarks come amid reports that President Uhuru Kenyatta told the governor to focus on service delivery and shun political sideshows. And speaking in Mombasa earlier, Sonko assured Nairobi residents that he would continued to work for them.
“We will sit down and address this issue. We will engage other leaders—MPs, MCAs and others,” said Sonko. Asked whether he was ready to reconcile with his deputy, Sonko was non-committal, saying he would delve into the matter deeper when he returns to Nairobi.
“Those are issues that I cannot address here. They concern the people of Nairobi and we will talk about them when I get there. I cannot decide now. I will have to consult the electorates and other leaders,” he said. The governor also dismissed as propaganda and hearsay, claims that his fallout with Igathe was as a results of wars over tenders. “Those are reports in the newspaper and they will remain just that. We cannot focus on hearsay and propaganda,” he said.
Sonko said despite challenges and deep-rooted cartels that have over the years run business at City hall, he would work with other elected leaders and professionals to deliver services. He was addressing journalists in Mombasa after officially opening theCity MCA Sectoral Committee on Water and Sanitation workshop.
The governor is today expected to issue a comprehensive statement on the matter that has led to speculation on alleged frosty relationship between him and Igathe. Sonko absolved State House from claims of County affairs various leaders, especially from the ruling Jubilee, were by yesterday making frantic efforts to try and broker a truce between the duo.