Sonko fires back at Media houses, over ‘erratic suspensions’ story

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko | PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has come out guns blazing, armed with a law suit, threatening to sue media houses for what he terms as malicious headlines.

“I am a little perturbed by some baseless and malicious allegations published in all the major dailies dated Tuesday, 22 October, 2019 that, since I assumed office as Governor of Nairobi City County, I have fired or suspended over 500 county employees.” the document read in part.

“The Daily Nation, on page 6 reported “over three hundred,” while The Standard, on page 21, reported over 500.”

“For the second time in a row, The Star on page 23 repeated the same sick lie that I have fired or suspended over 500 workers.”

“This comes hot on the heels of a similar story they published on October 06, 2019 putting that number at over 500.” he said.

He went on to highlight the sequence of suspensions against county staff, a breakdown that totalled to 46 county workers who were sacked. out of their “errors” such as the incident of the collapsed classroom at Ngong Road’s Talent Academy, an incident that claimed 8 pupil’s lives.

Sonko’s Communication Director Jacob Elkanah also pointed out that the governor’s explanation for suing the 4 newspapers was so that “they fact check when reporting sensitive matters.”

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