15 May 2018

Kenya: I Accept My D+ Rating By Nairobians in Opinion Poll, Sonko

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Ongoing repair works on Moi Lane.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has accepted a damning appraisal of his performance indicated in an opinion poll released on Tuesday.

The poll by Tifa Research ranked Sonko the last among governors overseeing the three cities in the country, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

It ranked Kisumu county governor Anyan'g Nyong'o first with 56 per cent (C+), followed by Mombasa's Hassan Joho at 53 per cent (C) and Sonko the last with a score of 44 per cent (D+).

Hours after the release of the poll, Sonko told journalists that he accepts the low grading.

"Some poll that was done by Tifa, we were ranked number last. We accept that position, but don't forget that the same Tifa conducted a poll and said I will not be governor and today I'm standing here as the governor of Nairobi," Sonko said.

He made the remarks during a media briefing at City Hall on the progress made by the Nairobi Regeneration Committee.

REGENERATE NAIROBI

The committee is a joint effort by the national and county government to regenerate Nairobi in six months. It is co-chaired by Governor Sonko and Tourism Secretary Najib Balala.

The committee reported that it had managed to process 53,000 Nairobi title deeds so far. The title deeds will be handed to owners by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mr Balala also said the Bus Rapid Transit System had procured 50 high capacity buses and will be launched on December 11, 2018.

"We can promise you in the next six months come December you will see a major transformation in Nairobi. You need to be patient you need to give us time and that perception that Nairobi county is not working is not true, we have worked with them and I can tell you it's not easy to deliver all these challenges you have seen have been there for 30 years and cannot be resolved overnight," said Mr Balala.

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