Nairobi senator Mike Sonko has revealed his plan to ensure Nairobi gets an economic facelift if elected as the next Nairobi City governor.
In an interview with the Daily Nation on Monday, the Jubilee Nairobi governor contestant disclosed that if elected, he will adopt former President Mwai Kibaki’s style and he will form an economic advisory council with the mandate of running the city.
The senator said that he will borrow from retired President Mwai Kibaki’s style of leadership to revive the city’s economy that have deteriorated under the leadership of Evans Kidero.
Sonko says the main role of the council will be to approve all major contracts, projects and their payments. “The council will verify every contract. Such that before you are paid it will have seen that the work is done properly. We will have a new management style,” he said.
Sonko said that this will tame bribery and corruption that is prevalent in the approval of major projects. “Nairobi’s greatest undoing is bad leadership at the moment. Nairobi contributes 60 per cent of GDP and we receive the highest allocation from the national government but there is nothing to show for it, which points to poor leadership,” said the Senator.
He added that efforts to rely on the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and parliament had failed to yield, and it was time to adopt an alternative means to tame the vice.
Sonko promised that he will implement social welfare for the youth, women and people with disabilities, health, transport and traffic de-congestion, job creation, water and garbage collection if elected.