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Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja says he’s ready to vie for the city’s governorship position should circumstances force embattled Governor Mike Sonko out of office, signalling that the race for the capital’s top job is gathering pace despite Sonko insisting he is still in charge of operations at City Hall.

Mr Sakaja said that although he was elected to serve as a Senator, he wouldn’t mind vying for the governor position “should Nairobi residents force him to.”

Speaking during an interview on a local TV station Sunday night, the Senator said that the desire of many Nairobians is to see normal services resume in the city.

“I was elected to be a Senator. However, if the people decide that they want me, I would go for it [governorship],” said Mr Sakaja on K24’s Punchline Show.

The Senator also noted that under the current situation, a by-election was a possibility in the event of a leadership vacuum.

“For me, it is about getting Nairobi moving. I am on record talking about the position of the deputy governor. Nairobi must work. It has 17 constituencies and millions of people require services,” he said.


His remarks come as Kenya’s economic hub faces a leadership crisis after Sonko was arrested recently, with Anti-Corruption court chief magistrate Douglas Ogoti last week barring the county boss from accessing his office.

This means he is unable to execute duties that require him to be at City Hall such as chairing an executive committee meeting, receiving delegations or signing Bills as his office is still considered a crime scene.