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Governor Sakaja marks first five months in office

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has marked five months in office since he took over in August last year.

Governor Sakaja was sworn in as Nairobi’s fourth governor on August 25, 2022 in a colourful ceremony at Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC) together with his deputy Dr James Njoroge Muchiri.

The governor said since he took over from his predecessor, Anne Kananu, they have restored 23 km of roads, and marked 21 km of roads within the county.

Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja during his swearing-in ceremony on August 25, 2022 at Kenyatta International Convention Centre. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT

Governor Sakaja said that he unlocked Sh922 million in funds for Nairobi roads which had been stacked at the Kenya Road Board since 2019.

The governor who was elected on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket said the city is now clean after increasing the process of garbage collection by 50 per cent.

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According to the governor, the county is now collecting 3,200 tonnes of solid waste on a daily basis and has commenced procurement of a 45-megawatt Waste to Energy Project at Dandora dumpsite.

The Dandora dumpsite recycling plant is expected to employ more than 600 youths as it also seeks to create a conducive environment for the residents.

Nairobi City County Governor Johnson Sakaja (left) receive the tools of power from outgoing Governor Anne Kananu during his swearing in on August 25, 2022 at Kenyatta International Convention Center. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT

Another milestone that the governor has recorded in his three months in office is the reduction of noise pollution from nightclubs, bars and restaurants in residential areas.

However, his efforts to clampdown on noise pollution have been sharply criticised by a section of leaders in Nairobi and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua who claim jobs were lost.

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But Governor Sakaja has vowed to crackdown on noisy clubs after receiving a greenlight from President William Ruto who supported his move, saying children in residential areas need peace at night.

Governor Sakaja equally urged leaders in places of worship within the residential places to reduce the level of noise or consider soundproofing their systems.

President William Ruto share a moment with Nairobi City County Governor Johnson Sakaja on August 25, 2022 during the swearing in ceremony of the county boss. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGATIn December, the county also held the inaugural Nairobi Festival, which Sakaja said attracted more than 43,000 people and 120 vendors.

On solving the issue of hawkers operating within CBD, the governor said his government has registered 6,000 hawkers in readiness for relocation to 29 stores that have been identified.

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