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Mike Sonko responds to remarks made by Uhuru during his heated interview

Hours after President Uhuru Kenyatta spoke detailing how he made him ascend to Nairobi County’s top job, former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko has responded.

Speaking during an interview with Kameme FM earlier today, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that he is the one who initiated governor Sonko to the County leadership, where he did nothing during his tenure.

“I helped this young man (Sonko) get that seat. Instead of working, he was up and about, doing nothing. Just look at his replacement; he has opened roads in Industrial Area, among other development projects,” he said.

Taking to social media on his Facebook account shortly after the address, Sonko castigated his actions and the utterances in his native vernacular language at a time when unity is key.

“My attention has been drawn to utterances made by President Uhuru Kenyatta earlier today while speaking in his native Kikuyu language on various vernacular stations, alleging that he is the one who made me the Governor of Nairobi, and confessing that he is the one who initiated my removal from office to what he termed as “my leadership style that nearly grounded services in the City.” Sonko wrote.

The former County chief went ahead to highlight an incident of segmentation by the head of state after choosing to address the people in his native language.

“First of all, it is embarrassing for the sitting President of the Republic of Kenya to resort to addressing a section of Kenyans in his mother tongue, excluding millions of other Kenyans from his purported “state of the nation address” at a time when our country is yearning for unity more than ever before. This act alone is in gross violation of Article 131 (1) (e) of the Constitution of Kenya that demands that the President shall be a symbol of national unity.”Sonko continued.

He accused the President of lying to the nation in his vernacular language hoping that others will not hear.

“Secondly, it is shameful for a sitting president to lie to a Section of Kenyans through his native language, in the hope that other communities will never understand what he said.” Said Sonko.

He also cleared the air that it’s not the president who appoints people as governors and that he was overwhelmingly voted by the Nairobians.

“For the record, it is NOT Uhuru Kenyatta who made me the Governor of Nairobi. I was validly elected by close to one million residents of Nairobi, garnering more votes than the President himself, and Governors are NOT Presidential appointees.” Continued Sonko.

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