Senator Mike Sonko’s Nairobi gubernatorial bid has received a boost after two groups, Gikuyu, Embu and Meru Association (GEMA) and Kamba Councils of Elders, threw their weight behind him as he looks to replace Evans Kidero.
Kamba elders led Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu, Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Monica Juma and former Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Chairperson Mumo Matemu endorsed Sonko and President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August 8th general elections, urging the community to rally behind the two.
GEMA chairman Bishop Peter Njenga also vowed to rally the Embu Meru and Gikuyu communities behind Sonko-Igathe ticket, saying that the team was the best to steer the Kenyan capital to the next level. “We as the elders from the GEMA and Kamba communities are fully behind you and we pledge to convince our communities to vote for you decisively,” Bishop Njenga said.
Speaking during the function, Sonko said that small-scale traders, unemployed persons, taxi owners and the poor will be some of the people top on his Nairobi agenda.
“The spirit of this manifesto is to make Nairobi great again. We will be working hand in hand with Nairobi residents to lift the city from the ashes. I will digitize service delivery, improve working conditions for county staff, hold frequent conventions to update residents on progress, audit county property, establish a register of the county’s assets and recover misappropriated or lost assets,” Sonko said.