Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja have in the recent past engaged in a heated debate over Sakaja’s plan to decongest the city.
While Gachagua told Sakaja to consult the Kikuyu community before he makes any decision, the governor on Sunday, January 8, maintained that there is no turning back on plans to restore Nairobi to its former glory.
“I respect the Deputy President and I would like to remind those speaking from different regions of Kenya trying to cause a rift between the county and national government and Nairobians on tribal lines that they will not succeed. There are duties for county and national government and we will work together,” Sakaja said.
However, in a quick rejoinder, Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale warned Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja against disobeying Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.
Speaking in Likuyani Constituency, Kakamega County Sakaja risks being impeached if he will not heed Gachagua’s advice on how to decongest the Central Business District (CBD).
“We have been treated to a spat between the DP and governor in the media and there is no way Sakaja can disrespect Gachagua because he is his boss and if the governor in his wisdom decides to listen to the DP the better for him because he is being saved from a looming impeachment sponsored by businesspeople should he make good his plan to block matatus from accessing the CBD,” Khalwale said.
He said that the views raised by the second in command are well thought out and that it is not meant to demean the county boss but to save him from impeachment.
“The views raised by the Deputy President are well thought out…The DP’s advice is simply saving Sakaja from impeachment,” Khalwale who chaired the senate committee that overturned Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaa’s impeachment plan said.