Nairobi City County has bought new ambulances in a move seen to be counter Senator Mike Sonko’s ‘rescue team’ ambulances.
The Nairobi government is in a fierce competition with Senator Sonko for the hearts and minds of the poor of Nairobi, which the senator seems to be winning.
Commending the county government after purchase of the ambulances, Senator Sonko said ‘that is how Nairobi residents want to see their taxes being used’.
“That is how Nairobians want to see their taxes being used. They need more fire engines, more ambulances, more garbage collection trucks for a cleaner city, good feeder roads, more water tankers,” he said.
The Nairobi county government maintains Sonko’s philanthropy may be proceeds of drug trafficking, a charge which appears to resonate with the upper classes of Nairobi as the poor seem to have accepted the basic needs services the senator is offering.
To counter the move by the county government, the Nairobi Senator added a fleet of water tankers to deliver free water to slum dwellers.
The scarcity of water in slums is a real problem in the over 80 slums of Nairobi. By doing this, senator Sonko is essentially cornering the county government, whose water is ‘sold’ through various private companies.
The senator has maintained a strict eye on Kidero regime, accusing it of runaway corruption, and recently hit hard when five senior Kidero employees were charged in court.