President Uhuru Kenyatta has commended former Governor of Nairobi Dr Evans Kidero for his decision to hand over power smoothly.
Against expectations, Kidero and his deputy Jonathan Mweke attended the swearing in ceremony of Mike Mbuvi Sonko as the new governor and handed over power to Sonko, a move President Uhuru termed as patriotic.
“Kwanza ni kumshukuru gavana ambaye alikuweko, Gavana Dr Evans Kidero kwa vile ameonyesha ya kwamba yeye ni mtu anayependa taifa lake,wamefanya campaign na amekubali ya kwamba Mike Mbuvi ameshinda na amemkabidhi uongozi kwa roho safi, mimi nasema mungu ambariki, asante sana na twakutakia mema uko mbele, ” The President Said in his speech at the Ceremony on Monday.
Kenyatta congratulated Sonko on his election and pledged to work with him to bring change to the city.
“You've had immense faith in me from the time you elected me as the MP for Makadara and later as your senator. I have never and will never take the confidence you've had in me for granted. On many occasions I have gone beyond the call of duty to serve and there will be no exception going forward,” Mike Sonko said in his inauguration speech.
"I have never made a promise that I never kept and this day I want to give you an assurance that Nairobi will never be the same again, I shall work round the clock to deliver,” Governor Sonko said in his speech.
Kidero congratulated Sonko for his election victory and wished him great success ahead.
“ I promised a smooth transition and I have no problem referring to Mike Sonko as my Governor … Me and you pushed and tried to prove our worth to the people of Nairobi… I urge you to continue with the projects we started,” Kidero said.