Nairobi residents on Thursday, March 15, woke up to torrential rains pounding the city, much to the disruption of their schedules.
The rains then wreaked havoc when the city flooded, rendering roads impassable as raging waters mercilessly tried to find their way out.
Residents rushing to their work stations were compelled to pay extra coins to be carried above the waters.
Motorists had to wait for the floods to subside lest they got swept away in their cars.
On social media, the rage was building fast and furious. Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, the man who promised to fix the city within his first 100 days in office, was at the receiving end.
Nairobians questioned why little is done on the drainage system to avert the droughts.
When the heat became unbearable, Sonko issued a statement. In his own words, the governor offered an apology and promised to look into the problem.
But he did not spare his predecessor, former Governor Evans Kidero.
Sonko claimed that Kidero is the genesis of the problem as his administration allocated KSh 10 billion to repair the drainage system in the capital.
He said the money, instead, ended in some individuals’ pockets.
“I am shocked that some Ksh 10 billion set aside by the previous administration for unblocking the drainage system did not go to the intended use but ended up in the pockets of some unscrupulous characters,” Sonko said.
He said that he is putting the individuals on notice that ‘these monies must be recovered through sweat and toil and put into good use for Nairobi residents.’
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