Sonko claps back at ODM MP who faulted help to Migori chaos victims
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has asked political leaders to stop politicizing noble causes meant to help needy citizens.
Mr Sonko was responding to Uriri MP Mark Nyamita’s criticism last week over his decision to clear medical bills for survivors of police brutality in Migori County.
The MP had dismissed Governor’s Sonko gesture as an “insult” to the victims.
“Wild allegations have been made against me over the financial support I offered last week to victims of post-election violence from Migori County. However, the matter has now been politicized and my offer to bail them out is now being misinterpreted to portray me as seeking political mileage,” Governor Sonko said.
The governor said his philanthropy knows no political, religious or ethnic boundaries.
He added that he does not support needy Kenyans to seek political relevance or favours.
“Why didn’t you go to clear their bills when the Migori victims first appealed for my support and intervention rather than criticizing me? As Kenyans we are one and we should not allow politicians and politics to divide us,” said Sonko.
“Kenyans are well aware that you and your family together with all politicians both in Jubilee and Nasa have a sh10 million medical cover which is catered for by the same Kenyans who are suffering and who are main victims in the ongoing skirmishes,” he said.
Sonko argued that his Sonko Rescue Team was approached to bail out the victims who had been discharged from hospital but were detained over non-payment of hospital bills.
“The truth of the matter is that I was approached through the Sonko Rescue Team and out of good heart and brotherhood, I paid the pending bills and the victims were discharged. I therefore wish to term such allegations as baseless and only meant to politicise a very noble idea,” he said.