The apparent rivalry between Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and Interior PS Karanja Kibicho can be traced to a nasty altercation that took place within the hallowed grounds of State House ground a month ago.
The intense dislike between the nonchalant governor and the powerful PS has lately played out in public and put at serious risk the delivery of inter-governmental projects in the city county.
Reliable sources told Kenya Live News that the Governor who doesn’t see eye to eye with Kibicho bumped on each other at State House when President Uhuru Kenyatta convened a meeting for deliberations on Nairobi Regeneration Project , a partnership between the National government and the county Government.
The two are said to have been involved in an ugly spat before meeting over governance of the city with Sonko demanding he be respected as a sitting governor elected by the people of Nairobi.
Sonko has accused Kibicho of meddling into the affairs of the county many times before, going to the extent of claiming that he is being forced with a certain deputy by the powerful PS after the resignation of his former Deputy Polycarp Igathe.
Sonko also accused the PS of organising night meetings to scuttle Ruto’s presidential ambitions, allegations that have been dismissed by Kibicho who told him to concentrate on getting his act together and cleaning up dirty Nairobi.
On his part, Kibicho asserted that his differences with Sonko began when he stopped the governor from flying two flags on his official vehicle.
At one particular point, Sonko hinted at resigning citing frustrations from powerful forces keen on sabotaging his leadership.
Sonko disregarded the Jubilee MOU where he was to lead the Jubilee Political wing of Nairobi as his former Deputy Polycarp Igathe took care of administration and technical issues at City Hall. From then on, relations between city hall and state house started going downhill.
While Sonko brags as being solely behind the votes Jubilee got in Nairobi because Uhuru and Ruto hardly campaigned in the city, reliable sources can reveal the heavy input of the system both in terms of resources and state machinery to defeat NASA candidate Evans Kidero.
The heavy input was based on Jubilee MOU which Sonko has so far reneged on opting to govern the city without a deputy who he insists he will choose at his convenience without threats, sabotage and intimidation from cartels who were not elected by the people of Nairobi.
The controversial Nairobi Governor was also well aware of the plot to humiliate him during the National Tree Planting Day last Saturday at Moi Forces Academy Nairobi.
Sonko is said to have got a hint from his lieutenants within Jubilee, hence prepared himself to humiliate the plotters who haven’t been happy with him since the exit of his deputy Polycarp Igathe, who was planted to represent their interests in Nairobi.
A visibly angry Sonko grabbed the microphone by force after CS Keriako Tobiko had invited the Deputy President to speak before inviting President Uhuru Kenyatta, he addressed the gathering giving a tough dress down to the plotters in-front of the president and his deputy demanding that he be respected as the Governor of the City.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy were seen to be whispering to each other as Sonko undressed his enemies who he said are out to spoil the good relationship he has with the president through unnecessary propaganda and petty fights.
Sonko who co-chairs the Nairobi Regeneration Project together with Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala assured the President that he would deliver on the project.
President Uhuru Kenyatta held a secret meeting with Deputy President William Ruto and Governor Sonko at Eastleigh Military Airbase over claims that Senior Government officials led by Interior CS Karanja Kibicho had been undermining and sabotaging his leadership.
It is not clear whether a reconciliation meeting would be organized by the President to make Sonko and Kibicho work closely for the sake of Nairobians.