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Sonko raises alarm over Sh58 billion debt left by Kidero

By LILLIAN MUTAVI September 29th, 2017 1 min read

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has raised concern over the huge debt burden of Sh58 billion inherited from the former government.

He accused his predecessor Evans Kidero’s administration of engaging in corruption and failing to undertake development programmes.

He said City Hall was marked by land cartels and a bloated workforce.

“The county debt burden currently stands at a staggering Sh58 billion. This is particularly agonising because we have thousands of our staff members and retirees who have continued to live in abject poverty and misery, despite playing their individual roles in nation building,” Mr Sonko said, adding that the situation was crippling the provision of critical services to the residents of Nairobi.

He spoke when he officially opened the second county assembly.

During the colourful event, Mr Sonko inspected a guard of honour mounted by the City Inspectorate.

The governor said the county government has a large workforce that is predominantly old and unproductive.