Fire all Cabinet Secretaries derailing the Big Four Agenda, Sonko asks Uhuru
NAIROBI, June 30, 2019, GPS
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to crack the whip on Cabinet Secretaries who are engaging in politics and frustrating his Big Four Agenda.
The Governor on Sunday said that for the President to succeed in his development agenda, he will need dedicated Cabinet Secretaries who are not engaged in politicking and 2022 succession politics.
While addressing residents of Athi River in Machakos County, Sonko said that it was unfortunate for a section of leaders in the country to castigate the President for lack of development in some regions, yet he has a cabinet mandated to deliver on his promises.
“If they are engaging in politics and frustrating the big four agenda then just sack them and appoint those willing to serve Kenyans,” said Sonko.
He gave an example of his style of leadership, where he has sacked County Executives who are lazy and implicated in graft.
The Governor said that the Big Four Agenda must not be sabotaged at any level, noting that it is one of the driving force behind the newly created Team Wanjiku.
He mentioned poverty and unemployment as one of the key impediments to the economic development in the country.
He called on leaders to respect and work closely with the President, castigating the ongoing campaigns by Team Tangatanga and Kieleweke groupings within Jubilee Party.
“We must support the President and the ongoing war on graft if we have to achieve the desired development across the country.
He said that team Wanjiku is advocating for allocation of more resources to the counties, noting that the stalemate on the Division of Revenue Bill needs to be handled carefully to ensure the devolution agenda is not derailed.
The Sh310 billion allocated to Counties, according to the Governor, is not enough, further calling on fellow Governors to continue pursuing the matter through the Council of Governors.
Team Wanjiku members who also addressed the mammoth crowd, emphasized the need to fast track development at county level, with EALA MP Simon Mbugua calling for an immediate referendum to help solve key issues affecting Kenyans.
Mbugua said that the referendum can effectively be handled and adopted by the National Assembly, without having to spend resources on a countrywide referendum. “We can bring it to the National Assembly and quickly pass it because all Kenyans are supporting the referendum fully,” Mbugua said.
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria who was also in attendance stated that he decided to join forces with Sonko in the formation of Team Wanjiku since the Governor has shown that he cares for interest of the common Mwananchi.
“We are not Tanga Tanga or Kieleweke but we are Team Wanjiku because we only championing for the interest of Wanjiku. Let’s avoid 2022 campaigns and push for development that will benefit Mwamanchi,” stated Kuria.
Embakasi South MP Julius Mawathe ,Politicians Stanley Livondo, Kalembe Ndile and Reuben Ndolo also addressed the meeting. They called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene in the ongoing Portland land saga that is claimed by thousands of squatters in Athi River.
After the meeting Sonko later led distribution of relief food to vulnerable groups in Machakos County at Athi River Primary School.
“I’m doing this as the Good Deeds Ambassador and I will continue to distribute relief food across the country in support of the less fortunate members of the society,” added Sonko.
Team Wanjiku has lined up a series of countrywide tours to drum support for the Big Four agenda and support to President Kenyatta.