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Sonko exposes pathetic state of JKIA toilets

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has lashed out at the Kenya Airports Authority for poor management of the washrooms situated at the international arrivals terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

An online video shared by the governor shows the urinal in the men’s bathroom with exposed cables with no appropriate water flashing mechanism.

Mr Sonko vented on how he had to connect two wires that were visible from the area that is supposed to have the flush button, for water to come out.

He also claimed that he was electrocuted while answering a short call in the toilets.

In the video, an angry Sonko is seen interrogating the staff at the airport manning the toilet.


He does this as one traveller uses the facility with his (Sonko) phone camera still capturing the man going about his business.

“Just landed from London. This is the state of our bathrooms. KAA wake up what’s the point of paying millions of shillings to managers on salaries and yet they’re sleeping on their jobs. The President means well for this airport the rest wacheni ushenzi. Nimepigwa short kwa machine nikinyoraa if I fail to sire more babies I will sure KAA,” wrote Mr Sonko.

KAA later said the toilets had beeb vandalised and promised that a contractor would soon fix them.

Following Sonko’s rant, some netizens came out to narrate their own experiences.

“Thanks Your Excellency. You are right. I was there yesterday evening to pick my daughter and the situation is not good at all. We actually lamented about it as a family. The toilets to our gateway are not in a good state at all! Something needs to be done!” said Crispin Okello.

“Toilets in that airport are a big shame. Mombasa too has issues. Atleast Kisumu is trying,” wrote Emily Oduor.


“I can’t stop laughing but imagine the frustrations Kenyans have to go through in this country. This is just the airport. Talk about everything else. Kenya should be closed for renovations,” commented Minesh Shah.

“Total shame! And hata kwa waiting lounge hakuna toilets! And remember pia hakuna for mothers with kids to even change the kid’s diapers. It’s an international airport but hilo ni jina tu,” said Winnie Gathura.

This is not the first time the airports toilet facilities have been brought to the light.

In March 2018, self-proclaimed National Resistance Movement (NRM) ‘general’ Miguna Miguna lamented how had been detained in a ‘filthy’ toilet before his eventual deportation to Canada.