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I will not back down on making Nairobi work, Sakaja tells his critics

Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja has told off his critics, saying he will not back down or slack off in restoring order and dignity to the capital city.

Governor has further said that his planned agenda of creating a city of order must be fulfilled.

The governor made the remarks while responding to those who have been criticizing his move to kick out long distance Public Service Vehicles out of the CBD and banning all nightclubs from residential areas.

He said it would be pointless for residents of Nairobi to keep complaining about issues such as noise pollution without him taking action.

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“We must change our city and there is no shortcut about that. Change might be painful, but it must happen,” Sakaja said.

“Nairobi is not competing with Kisumu or any other city. We are competing with other international cities and to achieve that we have to make some changes,” he said.

However, he praised President William Ruto for supporting his leadership and sorting out various issues affecting residents of Nairobi.

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Sakaja has lately been on the receiving end for his decision to relocate PSVs from the CBD and banning nightclubs in city estates.

Among Sakaja’s critics has been Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, who publicly asked the governor to ‘go slow’ on key decisions that could hurt city traders from his Mount Kenya region.

“We are the ones who chose him. I sat down with voters from Mount Kenya and asked them to vote for him (in the August 2022 polls). Some of the decisions he is making are likely to spoil businesses in Nairobi so we must sit and agree on them,” Gachagua recently said.

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