Yesterday was the inauguration of Mike ‘Sonko’ Mbuvi as the Nairobi governor and his deputy Polycarp Igathe. The ceremony took place at Uhuru Park and many were in attendance including former governor Dr. Evans Kidero, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto. Dr. Evans Kidero finally conceded defeat and peacefully passed the torch on to incoming governor Sonko.

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Sonko rejected the Ksh 25 million meant for his inauguration. He requested that the money be used to offset salary arrears owed to county employees. President Kenyatta has assured Mike Sonko that the government will work with him during the five years to come. He also commended outgoing governor Kidero for accepting defeat and letting Sonko follow on.

“I therefore stand before you today to declare that the old Nairobi has finally come to an end. Today we join our hands to embark on a journey to fix a city that has badly been broken down, to a cleaner, greener, healthier and wealthier city. You’ve had immense faith in me from the time you elected me as the MP for Makadara and later as your senator. I have never and will never take the confidence you’ve had in me for granted. On many occasions I have gone beyond the call of duty to serve and there will be no exception going forward.”

Others in attendance included gospel artists Mombasa-based Anastacia Mukabwa well known for her hit song ‘Kiatu Kivue’, DK Kwenye Beat behind the ‘Asusu’ hit, Bahati, Jemimah Thiong’o of ‘Akisema Atakubariki’, Ben Githae, Esther Wahome and Rufftone of ‘Mungu Baba’. Non-gospel act Sauti Sol were also present.

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Congolese musician Mbilia Bel also graced the event and performed several of her hits to the pleasure of many. Tanzanian artists Mr Nice of ‘Fagilia’ and Matonya of ‘Vaileti’ also attended the function. Overnight celebrity Martin Kamotho aka ‘Githeri Man’ was present too. Sonko too entertained with his famed breakdance moves right after Igathe finished speaking much to the delight of the audience.

Sources: nairobinews, thestandard.

Images: @UKenyatta