Babu Owino claims Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja spending too much on extravagances rather than on development.
Member of Parliament for Embakasi East Babu has disclosed that he has been criticizing the administration of Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja for not allocating funds for development.
In a statement released on Wednesday, December 20, Owino charged that Governor Sakaja was squandering public funds on ongoing extravagances while his colleagues were allocating funds for county development projects.
“Many people are wondering why I am so critical of Governor Sakaja’s administration of late. Well, the answer is simple and can be found in the Controller of Budget’s latest report on spending in Nairobi in his first year.
“While other Governors are working hard to set aside money to fund development in their counties, Sakaja is spending all of your hard-earned taxes on recurrent luxuries,” the Embakasi East MP stated.
Babu went on to claim that projects being launched in Nairobi were initiated by Sakaja’s predecessors and he will have nothing to show the people of Nairobi by the end of his term.
“Sakaja’s best ideas are about parties, events, and vibes; nothing that touches on people’s lives directly. This is while Nairobi is choking under the burden on garbage, there is widespread theft from the coffers, cartels are terrorizing legitimizing businesses and our quality of life is now much worse off than it was before Sakaja,” he added.
Babu Owino further said that Nairobi residents should reflect on the kind of Governor they elected and make a decision to correct it in 2027.
“How can a Governor spend 176.8 million on Domestic travel? Kwani kuzunguka Nairobi ni this expensive? Babu posed.
His statement comes after Sakaja was listed by the Controller of Budget Margaret Nyakang’o among ten Governors who failed to spend on development projects in the three months to September.
Others include; Wavinya Ndeti (Machakos), Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay), Gideon Mung’aro (Kilifi), Cecily Mbarire (Embu), and Ahmed Abdullahi (Wajir).
Eric Mutai of Kericho, Simon Kachapin of West Pokot, Jeremiah Lomorukai of Turakana, and Jonathan Lelelit of Samburu were also named in the list.