Uhuru gave him 15 minutes - details emerge on how Sonko was ambushed before surrendering powers

How Uhuru issued strict demand to Sonko

Uhuru gave him 15 minutes - details emerge on how Mike Sonko was ambushed before surrendering county functions

Details have emerged on the moments that led Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko surrender most of his county's functions to the national government in a deal that was supervised by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Nation reported its sources indicating that the deal was characterized by tough demands and an ambush on the part of the Nairobi County Government.

When Sonko left his home to come to the city, he was only prepared to meet MCAs at his Upper Hill office and had no idea the day would end with his powers significantly neutered.

At around 11am, President Uhuru through State House Comptroller Kinuthia Mbugua summoned Sonko to the house on the hill - giving him only 15 minutes to show up.

So unprepared was Sonko that he is reported to have won his suit and tie on the way to State House.

State House had also summoned acting County Secretary Justus Kathenge who was equally given a strict deadline.

At State House, Sonko and Kathenge found President Uhuru, Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa, and Leboo Morintat whom the Nairobi Governor had fired a day earlier from the position of County Secretary.

It was at the meeting that Sonko was informed that the only way to keep Nairobi County running was to hand over functions.

It is reported that Uhuru was keen to avoid a by-election in Nairobi which was likely to happen if Sonko was impeached in the process that had already kicked.

A by-election in Nairobi would drain the already struggling National Treasury.

In the end Sonko signed the transfer deeds even before he and Kathenge would fully understand the full implication.

"Nobody was in the picture and even Sonko had never mentioned it to his team," a source close to Sonko revealed.

The transfer of functions has already been challenged through two petitions filed before the High Court.

Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen on Wednesday protested the move, saying it was illegal and would hurt the structure of devolution.


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