Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko slaps goon
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, on Saturday, May 25, came to the defense of Buruburu residents who were being attacked by an armed gang of men. According to the county boss, the goons had been sent by a private developer to unlawfully demolish a church and school in Buruburu Phase Four.
In a Facebook post shared by the governor, he noted he received a tip off from an unnamed source and rushed to the site where he confronted the goons. “Just received information that goons armed with pangas are demolishing a school in Buru Buru Phase Four. Since I have a working government, I find it wrong to expose crude weapons in an estate that has kids,” said Sonko. “We are informing the OCPD Buru Buru to intervene and disarm the goons. There’s a legal way of executing court orders if there are any in this particular case,” he added.
Sonko claimed the men were armed with pangas, axes and other machinery to facilitate the demolition of the church while roughing up women and children. Angered by the incident, Sonko and his team apprehended the men and it was at this point that he slapped one of them who was trying to explain their mission at the site. He however, protected the gang from the wrath of residents who were baying for its blood.
It is alleged that the gang had been sent by a private developer to demolish the church and take control over the disputed parcel of land. The residents cried out to the governor that the police who were in the area watched as the citizens were roughed up and terrorized, yet took no action against the gang. Sonko slammed the police for failing to protect residents against the goons, and promised to have the matter investigated.
Earlier today, I managed to stop an attempted grabbing of City Church in Buru Buru, after a land grabber hired goons to demolish structures in the church in a bid to take over the property. It's painful to see children being beaten up, and thrown out in the rain by hired goons. pic.twitter.com/oJH7JfMZc5
— Mike Sonko (@MikeSonko) May 25, 2019
“The problem with the police is that they take money and bribes and watch as residents suffer. I promise to look into the matter,” Sonko said. Three suspects were apprehended and crude weapons including machetes, shovels and pangas recovered.