Sakaja reveals how President Ruto allowed him to consult Azimio leader Raila Odinga over the CEC (County Executive Committee) nomination process.
Speaking on Inooro TV on Tuesday, January 10, Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja noted that he had extensive consultations with President Ruto who gave him the green light to negotiate with the opposition party.
The Nairobi governor affirmed that after consultations with Azimio’s Raila Odinga and his team, they arrived at an amicable way to divide the appointments.
“During the meeting, Raila and his team requested five officials but we agreed on three. Hence, out of the ten, we had to distribute across to ensure one region is not favoured.
“In addition, pertaining to chief officers, I gave them more members. Were it not for the intervention, they would have acquired only two seats; Public Accounts Committee and Public Investments Committee.
“They were, however, able to get seven committee chairmen and four vice-chairpersons,” he affirmed.
The meeting, according to Sakaja, eliminated any chance of conflict between him and the MCAs over issues relating to county administration.
The Nairobi chief executive also denied reports that he had disagreements with Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and reaffirmed his admiration for the second-in-command.
“I don’t have any problem with the DP. I respect him as my elder. He is in a higher position in terms of our party. I can’t comment much about my boss.
“There might be an area where we did not agree on and so we will sit and discuss it with him. Nairobi will always have a special relationship with National Government,” Sakaja set the record straight.