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Nairobi’s MCAs defend Sakaja over the Dishi na County programme

By Kevin Cheruiyot September 19th, 2023 2 min read

Nairobi Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) allied to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) have defended Governor Johnson Sakaja from attacks targeting the school feeding program he recently launched, dubbed ‘Dishi na County’.

In an address to the media at the County premises on September 19, 2023,  the 11 MCAs suggested the county boss was facing an onslaught from cartels who had grabbed public land.

They also defended Sakaja’s development record since he assumed office in September 2023.

“They want the governor to fail for them to succeed. One of the game changers that they want to fail is school feeding program that is ensuring that 250,000 children in Nairobi receive nutritious meals every school day,” part of the statement read by Mutuini ward MCA Martin Mbugua Mwangi says.

The MCAs stressed that the feeding programme had positively affected all Nairobi residents, thus changing the dynamic of politics ahead of the 2027 polls.

“They are afraid that Governor Sakaja is entrenching himself in the hearts and minds of the people through his people-centered development agenda and this is bad for their evil plan to run down the city.”

The members have also threatened to name and shame the people behind the attacks on the Governor in the coming days if they do not change their ways.

The politicians also reassured Nairobians that the county is in the safe hands under Sakaja, who is working to deliver on his promises, including a clean, orderly city that works for everyone.

Mlango Kubwa ward member Susan Makungu said residents want development that can change their lives, and not cheap politics targeting programs that are helping school-going children.

“Dishi na County programme came to help our children in our estates. I want to tell the people who are politicizing this programme to wait 2027 election and well will face them,” Susan said.

Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino was recently involved in a not-so-rosy exchange with the county boss on social media. The lawmaker played down the school feeding program saying Sakaja was using it for public relations purposes.

The exchange of words attracted the response from Sakaja’s predecessor Mike Sonko.

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