Sonko claims rivals behind Nairobi CBD muggings

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko during a tour of the city on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. /GPS
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko during a tour of the city on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. /GPS

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has claimed that youths mugging people in the CBD have been hired by his political rivals to portray him as a failure.

There has been public outrage over the rising cases of insecurity in the city centre where groups of youths have been mugging residents in broad daylight.

In a statement on Wednesday, Sonko said he was committed to ensure that the crime rate in Nairobi streets is brought down.

"Those suspects who are mugging people in the Nairobi streets are dangerous elements within our society. We have partnered with the security agents to ensure that the issue is contained."

The county has already formed an anti-mugging unit that is working with the police trail the muggers.

The city boss pledged to resolve all the challenges facing the city residents as soon as possible.

Residents have been crippling with increased cases of crime, hawkers, garbage menace, the street lights problem and the poor road network within the estates.

On Tuesday

evening, the Governor made an impromptu tour of the CBD to assess the situation and mingled with the residents.

Sonko said he will not forcefully evict the hawkers from the streets, but he was working with other stakeholders to see how best they can provide an alternative area for them to do their business.

On Sunday, the governor made an impromptu tour of Mama Lucy County Hospital to check on the progress of service delivery at the facility.

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