Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko ‘disguised’ his daughter Saumu Mbuvi as a county administrator and used taxpayers’ Sh600,000 to fly her first class to the US, senators heard this week.
While in the US, she spent Sh60,000 to fly to Philadelphia and another Sh120,000 to visit a tourist site, all at the expense of the county, MCAs told the Senate.
But the county boss dismissed the allegations as hollow, flimsy, inaccurate and malicious. He said he was the victim of a witch-hunt.
They claimed Sonko diverted Sh622 million sent to the county by the Road Levy Fund Board to maintain city roads. As a result, the board has stopped disbursing further cash to the county government, leaving roads dilapidated, they said.
In addition, Sonko stopped payment of fees for about 3,000 orphans whom the previous administration was supporting in various schools, they said. The governor, they said, diverted Sh297 million meant for bursaries but the same was used to pay lawyers.
“He said he could not continue paying for Luos and Luhyas. It became touching to some of us. These children have now dropped out of school,” Ogada said.
His comments triggered a fierce reaction from governor’s lawyers who objected that the allegation was not captured in the papers they were served with.
Citing his daughter’s supposed trip to the US, the MCAs claimed Sonko had described her as a ward administrator and flew her to New York for Sh600,000.
“On the same trip, apart from flying first class, the daughter hired a chopper at Sh220,000 to go around New York to see how beautiful the city was. She went ahead to have an offside party at a cost of Sh260,000 using public funds,” Ogada said.
While in the US, the daughter flew to Philadelphia for Sh60,000 and visited a tourist site where she spent Sh120,000, he said. She was accompanied by journalists who each pocketed Sh120,000 in per diem, senators were told.
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