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Get your act right in running Nairobi, Uhuru orders Sonko – VIDEO

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday told Nairobi governor Mike Sonko to get his act right in running the affairs of the  county.

The President hit at the governor, for City Hall’s failure to construct proper drainage systems for the traders at the popular Gikomba market.

“Jameni Sonko ukiamua utoke hapa, uambie watu wako wafunge hiyo sewage, hiyo maji itembee vizuri shida iko wapi?” the president asked Sonko.

President Kenyatta was responding to concerns raised by traders during the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Presidential Roundtable at Strathmore University, Nairobi.

Most of the traders who attended the two-day forum hit out at the government for poor infrastructure, high power tariffs and lack of protection from international players.


At least 14,000 traders operate at Gikomba market which has experienced several fire incidents in the recent past.

The market also often inaccessible in rainy seasons due to poor drainage and narrow passages.

The president also asked the Nairobi governor to tackle importation of fish from China which many traders have complained about saying it is eating into their markets.

“Jameni, tunatoa samaki kutoka China… hata kama Finance Bill imepita, think out of the box, tunaweza kusema hiyo samaki ambayo imefika ni mbaya na unaifungia,” said the president.