The 2017 elections seem to have given Kenyans the type of leaders they’ve always wanted, at least some anyway. Some elected leaders are quickly moving to create a good first impression.
Nairobi Governor elect, Mike Sonko, is among those who’ve rejected millions of shillings for the inauguration ceremony. Announcing through a post on his Face Book page, Sonko rejected the Sh25 million budget set aside for his inauguration stating that the money should be used to offset the one-month arrears owed to county employees.
Shortly after, Kitui governor-elect Charity Ngilu rejected the Kshs 6million set aside for her inauguration saying all she needed was a bible and a venue. Following suite is Nyeri governor-elect Wahome Gakuru who turned down Kshs 5 million, directing that the money instead be used to pay electricity bills for Karatina District hospital.
Nandi Governor-elect Stephen Sang has also rejected Kshs 14 million budget for his swearing-in fete, instead planning the purchase of new official vehicles for himself and his deputy. The governor-elect further said he has directed his office committee to scale down on the festivities and the surplus be used as a down payment to the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (Kemsa) for the immediate release of drugs and medical supplies to the county.