Don’t allow power to get into your head, Uhuru tells pioneer Nairobi leaders

President Uhuru Kenyatta has told Nairobi Jubilee leaders that they must avoid squabbles when they take office and deliver real change to the capital city’s residents.

When he met the leaders at State House on Saturday, the President said told the team that they were elected so as to resolve the city’s challenges.

“Nairobians want to see efficient garbage collection, clean water, better traffic flow. In short, they want to see a rapid and significant improvement in service delivery.”

Uhuru congratulated the politicians for their poll victories but warned them that failure to focus on the lives of Nairobians would cost them public confidence.

“Most of you have been elected for the first time. Don’t allow power to get into your head, I have seen many taking that route and they failed,” he said.

“Wananchi are our bosses and that’s why we want to change Nairobi for their benefit,” the President said.

He said Jubilee leaders need to work as a team to transform the city and deliver quality services required by residents.

“We want to change Nairobi, not for the benefit of leaders, and not for the benefit of the few who are able to make it on their own.”

This should be for the majority who depend on us to change their lives, said the President.

He said time has come for elected leaders to put in place policies which will transform citizen’s lives.

“If it is celebrations, please be moderate and thereafter start offering services,” he told the leaders.

“Kenyans who elected you are watching and after some time they will start questioning whether you are fulfilling what you promised,” he added.

He reminded the lot that citizens now understand the power of a vote and if leaders fail to deliver, they are shown the door by wananchi.

The President urged them to continue preaching peace and unity amongst Nairobi residents.

“Please preach peace, tell wananchi in every estate to live together peaceful even as leaders sort out themselves. I’m counting on you to be peace ambassadors.”

Nairobi Governor-elect Mike Sonko said they will work to implement Jubilee’s transformative agenda and improve services.

He said he doesn’t understand why the opposition is crying foul over the general election outcome and yet it is clear Jubilee won fairly.

“We don’t understand why NASA is saying the election was stolen. If you look at Nairobi, we won the majority seats from MCAs to MPs,” he said.

Senator-elect Johnson Sakaja and Kamukunji MP-elect Yusuf Hassan Abdi said they will support the governor to ensure quality service delivery.

Jubilee party won nine MP seats out of 17 and 46 MCA seats in Nairobi County during the August 8 polls.

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