Mutahi Ngunyi’s ‘Sonko is not a girl’ phrase sparks online reactions


Political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi has faulted Nairobi deputy governor Polycarp Igathe for quitting his position due to a lack of trust between him (Mr Igathe) and Governor Mike Sonko.

Mr Ngunyi says “today’s politics is not a game of trust, but interests”, insinuating that a fall-out should deservedly exist when there’s a clash of interests, but not when there are suspicions between differing camps.

“The currency of politics is not trust. It is common interests. Trust is for girls, if you are a boy. Polycarp should not have asked for Sonko’s trust. Sonko is not a Girl. He is a th*g,” tweeted Mr Ngunyi.

Kenyans took to his Twitter post to express mixed reactions over his message, with some differing with his school of thought, while others agreeing with him.

Mr Igathe surprised city dwellers – and Kenyans at large – on Friday, January 12 when he announced on Twitter that he has resigned as Nairobi deputy governor.

“Dear Nairobians, it is with a heavy heart that I resign my seat as elected Deputy Governor of Nairobi City County effective 1pm on 31st Jan 2018. I regret I have failed to earn the trust of the Governor to enable me to drive Admin & Management of the county,” tweeted Mr Igathe.

“Without fear, favour or ill will I step down to avoid abusing or betraying my oath of office to Kenyans, Nairobians and my family. Thank you for the encouraging support given to me so far.”

There have been signs of cracks between Governor Mike Sonko and Mr Igathe, with the political rumour mill hinting of bitter fallout.

The two have gone to great lengths to try and portray a united front but that has not helped calm the situation.

Mr Igathe joined politics from the private sector where he was Managing Director of Vivo Energy.



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