Sakaja, Azimio bromance splits UDA MCAs
The working relationship between Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja and Azimio-affiliated Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) appears to be rubbing United Democratic Alliance MCAs the wrong way.
This was evident on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, when a section of UDA MCAs shared their dissatisfaction with their party colleagues who had criticized the governor a day before.
The raw emerged following the allegations from the office of Minority Leader Anthony Kiragu and Minority Whip Mark Mugambi Ronaldo who accused the governor of pretending to be in UDA while he is working in secret with the Azimio.
In a press address to counterattack the Minority leader, a section of MCAs led by Kahawa West MCA Clement Kamaru, claimed the Governor should be allowed o deliver his promises to the people of Nairobi who elected him.
They said that frequent accusations from the office of the Minority are meant to derail the current administration from realizing a clean city of order.
“We do not agree with what they said and we want to assure the residents of Nairobi and UDA supporters that we are in a good working relationship with the governor. In fact, he has been working hard to deliver to Nairobi residents,” Mr Kamaru said.
The now emerging pro-Sakaja faction has now given the Minority leader a 24-hour ultimatum to substantiate his allegations that Governor Sakaja sponsored the recent Azimio rally in Kamukunji Grounds.
“Should they fail to do so, we ask them to honourably resign from leadership positions they hold with immediate effect,” Mr Kamaru said.
They acclaimed that the statement from the Minority leader was blackmail to the governor for a deal that they alleged might have gone south.
“We are aware that they are being funded by cartels to derail the governor from delivering his manifesto.”
Pangani MCA Peter Wahinya and Kayole Central MCA Jeremiah Themendu who were present said that allegations made that the governor funded the Azimio rally will ruin the governor’s relationship with the people who elected him.
According to allegations from Minority leader Mr Kiragu, the governor allowed the Azimio to hold their rally without paying for the venue.
Mr Kiragu had also alleged that in his recent appointment of County Chief Executive officers (CECs), and Chief Officers (CO), the governor awarded key positions to the Azimio side.
However, the governor dismissed his remarks, saying that President William Ruto and the UDA leadership gave him a go-ahead to blend his cabinet since the Azimio are the Majority in the County Assembly.