Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has clarified the circumstances that prompted him to settle Sh270,000 in medical bills for five National Super Alliance (NASA) supporters detained at a Migori hospital.
Sonko dismissed allegations of Migori leaders led by Uriri MP Mark Nyamita who accused Jubilee government of using Sonko to settle the bill, terming it an insult to the victims of police brutality.
“I have information that Jubilee through Nairobi Governor Sonko is dishing out money to hospitals in Nyanza where our people are recuperating ostensibly to cater for the bills of the victims of jubilee-sanctioned police brutality,” Nyamita alleged.
“We are telling Sonko to keep his blood stained money to himself. Let him use the money to pay Nairobi county employees who have gone for months without pay or better still use it to clean the city, which is chocking under garbage, or he can equally use it to buy good manners.”
Sonko said that the five, who had been detained at St Joseph Ombo Mission Hospital after failing to raise Sh270,000 begged him to bail them out.
"The truth of the matter is that I was approached through the Sonko Rescue Team to bail out the victims who had been discharged from hospital but were detained over non-payment of hospital bills," The governor said.
"However, the matter has now been politicized and my offer to bail them out is now being misinterpreted to portray me as seeking political mileage," he continued.
The five had been admitted at the hospital with gunshot wounds following a clash between Nasa anti-election protesters and the police during October 26th repeat election.