ust a few days after details emerged about a secret meeting between Deputy President William Ruto and Mike Sonko, the embattled Nairobi Governor has now lost part of his security detail.
The meeting with DP Ruto is believed to be the fuel behind the fallout between Sonko and the national government, something that must have led to the withdrawal of his security.
Ruto reportedly influenced Sonko’s decision to terminate the Nairobi handover process, citing frustrations by certain senior State House officers.
According to The Standard, the two spent several hours at the DP’s Karen home on Tuesday, April 21.
On Wednesday, April 22, Sonko poured cold water on the ongoing handing over of key functions to the National government.
Sonko cited frustrations and ‘confusion’ as the reason for his decision to begin the process of terminating the transfer.
According to Sonko, his meeting with the Deputy President was centered on discussions concerning Nairobi County and the country.
It is in the midst of this unpleasant turn of events that on Friday, the governor lost drivers and bodyguards at both his Upper Hill private office and Mua Hills residence.
According to a local publication, Sonko was picked up by Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi from his Upper Hill office for the Karen meeting.
In a Facebook post the next day, Governor Sonko decried frustrations by ‘cartels’ close to President Uhuru Kenyatta of trying to ruin the deal with the national government.
“When we started this process, the president had good intentions for Nairobi but some of his greedy officers in government, especially the ones who hate me, have hijacked the process to embarrass and frustrate me with a lot of impunity. I will not sign, in fact, this the time I’ll terminate the transfer of functions deed.
“To date, I have not been furnished with a copy of the deed. I was not given sufficient time to even read the draft.”
“I was just told it is a good thing on service delivery to the great people of Nairobi as I deal with my court cases since I love you people of Nairobi and I have your interests at heart. I had to accept without even going through the document thoroughly, I didn’t know it will turn against us,” he added.
In response to the drama, Sonko says that his meeting with Ruto should not be interpreted to mean any political affiliation.
“Kwani being invited by the DP to his office is what you call Tanga Tanga? When Raila went with the DP to Tuju’s house, does that mean Raila is in Tanga Tanga? When the President meets with DP, is the President in Tanga Tanga?” Sonko posted on his Facebook page.
Sonko further says that Kenya is a democratic state where everyone enjoys the freedom of association without fear of intimidation.
“Musiniletee Bwana the dark days za kufinya watu sehemu nyeti na pakari are over. This frustration, humiliation, and embarrassment won’t last forever. There is a Living God in heaven who sees everything and whose time is the best.” he says.