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Robert Alai: Sakaja is the game changer; we underrated him

Kileleshwa Member of County Assembly (MCA) in Nairobi County Robert Alai has applauded Governor Johnson Sakaja for what he termed as a surprise move to both parties in the assembly.

The MCA says that the people had underrated Governor Sakaja during the build-up to the August 2022 election, where he defeated his main competitor Mr Polycarp Igathe who was contesting on the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition ticket.

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During an interview on Tuesday at SpiceFM, Mr Alai said that the governor carries hopes to the people of Nairobi who had been waiting for changes for years.

“We underrated him. I think he is a better political manager because he knows how to sort out the interests of the various coalitions, sometimes even risking his life,” Mr Alai said.

He said that most people did not expect the governor to work closely with both the coalitions in the Assembly, where Azimio MCAs are the majority, as Kenya Kwanza Alliance, the coalition on which the governor was elected, the minority.

The governor’s relationship with the Azimio has wreaked havoc on United Democratic Alliance (UDA) MCAs, splitting them into two factions.

One group of UDA led by the Minority leader Mr Anthony Kiragu has accused the governor of despising the party that sponsored him and dishing key positions in his cabinet to the Azimio.

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Mr Kiragu also claimed that the governor was behind the successful rally of Azimio at Jacaranda Grounds and that he should desist from dining with their competitors.

However, his remarks have landed him in hot soup as another faction of the ruling party, which strongly supports the governor’s work, came out demanding the removal of Minority Leader and Minority Whip Mark Mugambi from office.

The two have been accused of attempting to sabotage the work of the governor, who has been in office for barely six months.

The pro-Sakaja MCAs have also addressed UDA secretary general Senator Veronica Maina, asking her to take disciplinary action against the office of the Minority party.

During the campaigns, the governor faced several obstacles, including his Degree in Management from Teams University in Uganda, which aroused questions from Azimio and ended up in court.

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