Sakaja responds to troll on ‘Welcome Back’ billboards
Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has responded to online critics who are displeased by his decision to put up billboards welcoming Nairobians back to the city after the festivities.
On Thursday, the county boss said on his Twitter account that he did not use taxpayers money to put up the billboards.
“Yes I use my own money. You may not like it, but many appreciate it,” Sakaja said.
Yes I used my own money. You may not like it, many appreciate it.
— Sakaja Arthur Johnson (@SakajaJohnson) January 5, 2023
The governor was responding to a tweep who called him out on January 4 for the billboards, calling the move a cheap PR stunt.
“Lakini @SakajaJohnson even as we continue supporting you, just stop those cheap PR stunts. I hope you used your own money to pay for those ‘Welcome Back billboards. Just do what you were elected to do, which is to fix Nairobi. PR na vipindiree achia Sonko,” the tweep said.
The said billboards were spotted along Waiyaki Way, Mombasa Road and Thika Super Highway.
Mr Sakaja and his deputy Njoroge Muchiri, who both appeared on the billboards, wished city dwellers who are coming back to Nairobi following the Christmas and New Year’s holidays a prosperous New Year.
Kenyans were quick to react to the billboards, many complaining it was a waste of taxpayers money and the funds should have been directed to other needs like waste management and paying bursaries for needy students.
Twitter user Michael Kokonya said: “Boss, I would like to know what was your thinking behind that billboard considering more than 75% of city residents didn’t travel away for festivities. That 250k could sponsor 5 kids to high-school for a whole year.”
Another social media user blamed Sakaja for exercising double standards on the issue of billboards.
“The governor had announced that his campaign billboards will be recycled to make bags only to put up more welcoming Kenyans back to the city,” he tweeted.
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