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Already at work? Sonko Rescue Team unpins campaign posters, collects garbage

Nairobi governor-elect Mike Sonko has already set the ball rolling following his pledge to clean the city.

This followed the engagement of over 1,000 youths to clean campaign posters in the capital.

The youths are working under the Sonko Rescue Team – a charity organisation run by the outgoing senator.

They removed the posters plastered on walls in the city’s several streets in a clean-up that is set to run for some days.

Posters at Uhuru Park, parts of Moi Avenue, Tom Mboya Street, Uhuru Highway, around Ambassadeur hotel and the Kenya National Archives were removed.

The lot also cleared garbage at Muthurwa market.

“I am happy that at least we’re doing something now. It has been tough being in the estates with no work. I feel busy today,” Joel Murimi, one of the youths, said.

Sonko had on Monday said he will contract the group to remove the posters and generally clean the city.

The youths will also give the city a fresh coat of paint as he waits to set up a team that will manage Nairobi in the next five years.

Residents have grappled with myriad problems ranging from filthy streets and estates filled with heaps of uncollected garbage to traffic jams.

In his manifesto, the incoming governor pledged to tackle most of these problems in his first 100 days in office.

The outgoing Senator, who floored the incumbent, Evans Kidero of ODM with 871,794 votes against the latter’s 676,675, will be sworn in at Uhuru Park on Monday next week.

Deputy Governor-elect Polycarp Igathe will also take an oath on the same day.

On Monday, Sonko told the county transition committee to use Sh25 million set aside for his inauguration to pay workers.

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