Sakaja bows to pressure from Azimio

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Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja bowed on Wednesday, Sept. 21 to pressure from Azmio over the election of the provincial assembly president.

Kilimani County Assembly (MCA) Member Moses Ogeto confirmed that Sakaja agrees to publish the maiden County Assembly on or before Thursday, September 29.

Ogeto revealed that Kenya’s Kwanza-allied county boss collapsed after (MCAs) elected under Azimio declared their swearing-in ceremony an irreducible minimum if he wanted to work with them.

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja during a meeting with ODM, Wiper and Jubilee MCAs on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

Governor Johnson Sakaja

“During the meeting, we urged him to agree to the first meeting. He asked what the problem was and we made it clear that we only had one agenda and that it had to be sworn in as soon as possible,” the MCA revealed.

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Sakaja confirmed he was meeting with the district representatives elected from among Azimio affiliates to break the stalemate between them and his government

“Wonderful discussions this morning with elected and nominated MCAs from ODM, Wiper and Jubilee. We will work together for the benefit of the people of Nairobi,” he said.

Earlier, some of the opposition neighborhood representatives had rejected relations with the governor and declined his invitation to a retreat in Mombasa.

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Senator Edwin Sifuna had pressured the district chief to publicize the meeting, accusing him of deliberately delaying the swearing-in of MCAs for fear of losing the speaker election.

According to the constitution, immediately after the members of the provincial assembly take the oath of office, the first task is to elect the speaker.

Kenya Kwanza has drafted former County Speaker Benson Mutura who will arrange it with Azimio’s Ken Ng’ondi. However, Sakaja has an uphill task to secure a victory for his alliance as it has the minority representation.

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The Nairobi City County has 124 MCAs, 85 elected and 39 nominated. Of the 39 nominees published by TAUT Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), UDA and ODM have 15 each, while Jubilee and Wiper have won three and two seats respectively.

In terms of coalitions, Azimio has 65 seats compared to Kenya Kwanza’s 59 – three MCAs were elected as independent candidates. Sakaja urgently needs a speaker from his coalition to easily push his agenda.

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja during a meeting with ODM, Wiper and Jubilee MCAs on Wednesday, September 21, 2022..jpg

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja during a meeting with ODM, Wiper and Jubilee MCAs on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

Governor Johnson Sakaja

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