STATEMENT BY MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT ON THE HARASSMENT OF H.E. MIKE MBUVI SONKO, GOVERNOR OF NAIROBI CITY COUNTY
Parliament Buildings, Nairobi – Wednesday, November 07, 2019
Our attention has been drawn to recent developments and activities around the Nairobi Governor, H.E. Mike Mbuvi Sonko.
At the outset, we wish to remind those who may have forgotten that Governor Sonko is the bona fide elected head of the Nairobi City County Government and has over the years proven to be a true son of Kenya, and therefore, must be accorded the respect that his office deserves, and also given ample time to deliver on his mandate to the people of Nairobi.
Specifically, we take issue with three main concerns:
FIRST, we have noted with concern the frequent summons that Governor has been receiving from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) in the last four months. As members of Parliament, we have no problem at all with a Constitutional Commission undertaking its work. Equally, the Governor is on record maintaining that he has never had a problem at all being probed or investigated as a state officer.
However, we are disturbed by the sudden frequency of these summons, coming hot on the heels of each other, without even a bother by the EACC to publish a report on the findings of what they started off with. In our view, this amounts to unnecessary harassment, and a distraction well calculated to derail the Governor from serving his electorate.
SECONDLY, we wish to condemn with the strongest terms possible the mistreatment of Governor Sonko by the EACC and other security agents when he honored the summons of Tuesday, 5th November 2019. It was completely despicable to see police officers lobbing teargas at the Governor, yet it is EACC who invited him. How do you invite me to your house, then lock the gate, and worse still, throw teargas at me? This is the height of impunity coming from government agencies, and must be condemned by all Kenyans.
Governor Sonko is on record, in words and in practice, as one of the staunchest supporters of the war against corruption currently spearheaded by President Uhuru Kenyatta. The recent survey by EACC shows that corruption in Nairobi has significantly reduced over the last two years.
It is therefore counterproductive and self-defeatist for the EACC to harass and mistreat one of their greatest public crusaders, with whom they have worked closely before to unearth and prosecute corruption cases in Nairobi, and Kenya as a whole, and even recover stolen public properties.
THIRD, we have taken keen interest in a comprehensive statement issued by Governor Sonko that was published in the dailies on Monday, 4th November 2019. The issues raised are weighty, and as Members of Parliament, we shall be engaging the relevant House Committees to investigate the concerns further, with the view of establishing whether indeed there are a few elements within the EACC who have been working contrary to the mandate of the agency. The war against corruption must be all-round, and objective.
IN CONCLUSION, we wish to remind those behind these diversionary schemes that Nairobi remains the capital city of Kenya and the seat of Government. As such, any unnecessary disruptions to the operations of the office of the Governor shall have grave ramifications on our national economy and politics. It is therefore important for decorum to be observed at all times, while according dignity to the Governor and his office.
Hon. Sammy Seroney, Nominated MP
Hon. Justus Murunga, MP – Matungu Constituency
Hon. Patrick Makau, MP – Mavoko Constituency
Hon. Eng. Nzambia, MP – Kilome Constituency
Hon. Daniel Maanzo, MP – Makueni Constituency
Hon. Kivasu Nzioka, MP – Mbooni