‘We Must Change Our City,’ Sakaja Tells DP Gachagua

Despite Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s criticism of his planned expulsion of matatu operators from Nairobi’s Central Business District, Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has stated that he will not back down from his Reform Agenda (CBD).

Only a week after a group of Mt. Kenya leaders defended the deputy president for opposing the governor’s reforms, the besieged County boss said he will not back down because he is a man on a mission.

Sakaja claims the President’s full support for his revolutionary endeavor to restore the City’s lost splendor.

On December 20, 2022, DP Gachagua requested that the Nairobi Governor take his time removing long-distance PSV operators from the City’s CBD.

DP Gachagua’s supporters, led by Nyeri Senator Wahome Wamatinga, have threatened the Nairobi Governor with impeachment if he follows through on his promise to relocate long-distance PSVs from the City’s CBD.

However, Sakaja has the support of a number of Western Kenya officials, who have rallied to his defense, claiming that as the legitimately elected governor of Nairobi, he has the complete constitutional mandate to design the City County’s future.

Governor Sakaja, on the other hand, insists on carrying out the program aimed at decongesting the city’s CBD.

The public spat between Gachagua and Sakaja, which threatens to split the ruling Coalition, became a talking point during Wednesday’s Presidential Joint Media Interview at State House Nairobi.

“The schism demonstrates that the party is democratic. We will continue to provide guidance…perhaps the new authorities don’t consult much and are rushing to make important decisions,” President Ruto said in an interview on Wednesday.

Governor Sakaja responded to Gachagua’s criticism when receiving a report from the Health Task Force, which urged a systematic renovation of the County’s health sector, including the addition of medical equipment and people.

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