My attention has been drawn to unsubstantiated claims made by the Kitisuru Ward MCA, Alvin Palapala, that the Nairobi City County First Lady and my daughter Saumu Mbuvi made an irregular trip to New York in March 2018 at the expense of the taxpayers.
First, I wish to clarify that her inclusion, and that of my daughter, in the said trip were sanctioned by none other than the Head of Public Service, Dr. Joseph Kinyua.
As such, she was entitled to a fully funded trip by the Nairobi City County government, like any other delegate, to attend the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 2018).
However, I personally catered for the transport, accommodation and related costs for both my wife and daughter.
It is therefore preposterous and ignorant for the said Member of the Nairobi City County Assembly to make allegations that he cannot prove.
If anything, I would like to challenge him to provide any proof of payment of per diem to either my wife or daughter.
On the contrary, there is overwhelming evidence that Palapala has been leading from the front in stealing bursary funds meant for orphans and disadvantaged children.
Over the years, Palapala has stolen millions of shillings that were fraudulently transferred to a company called NR Talvo Limited, registered and owned by none other than Tabitha Luchesi, his wife.
I urge the said MCA to focus on explaining to the people of Kitisuru, and Nairobi at large, how millions of shillings meant for bursaries found their way into the bank accounts of their private company, and refrain from creating unnecessary sideshows and theatrics that do not add value to his constituents or his predicaments.
H.E. Mike Mbuvi Sonko, EGH
GOVERNOR, NAIROBI CITY COUNTY