Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has dismissed reports suggesting a possible fallout between him and his deputy Polycarp Igathe.
Sonko denied being at loggerheads with Igathe over the running of city affairs. He claimed a local newspaper is blackmailing his government because he “refused to prequalify their proxy companies to do supplies in Nairobi County”.
The governor took to social media to show evidence of a good working relationship, displaying a series of phone messages which he said he recently exchanged with his deputy.
“Looking at the attached texts and WhatsApp conversations does it look like we are falling apart?” he posted.
Sonko denied the reports that the President’s office had to intervene between the two men.
“I’m in very good books with my deputy Polycarp Igathe. The National government owes us over Sh 80,000,000,000(80b) and already they’ve started releasing this money to us in bits,” Sonko further wrote on his Facebook page.
The rumors of a possible rift between the two men began after Mr. Igathe skipped the swearing-in ceremony of Nairobi County Assembly executive members on November 10.
“Contrary to malicious social media reports of frosty working relations between me and my deputy Polycarp Igathe, today we held a joint meeting with the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran who had paid me a courtesy call. During the meeting, he pledged to support us and to partner with NCC in supporting education and health matters.”
“I wish to assure the people of Nairobi that the NCC executive is working together with the sole aim of uplifting the living standards of Nairobians,” added the Facebook post.
Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe also took to Social Media and blamed political distractors for orchestrating a bad working relationship with the Nairobi governor.
He posted a picture of him and the governor captioned: “My Boss H.E. Mike Sonko and I enjoying a recap of the happenings of the week. Political distractions aside, we have a brotherhood that goes beyond the ongoing rumors.”