Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko says his removal from office through impeachment was orchestrated by cartels and elements within the government.

Sonko asserted that his efforts to combat corruption and dismantle entrenched networks within the county led to his downfall.

Speaking on Obina TV, Sonko revealed that his clashes with what he referred to as the “deep state” stemmed from his refusal to condone illegal demolitions in slum areas without compensating affected residents.

“I severally refused to allow illegal demolitions in slums without compensation of the victims, which angered the former Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, and his PS Karanja Kibicho, nicknaming me big-headed to the government of the day,” Sonko said.

Upon assuming office in 2017, Sonko says he inherited a partially digitized cash collection system, leaving loopholes for embezzlement by cartels.

“The cashier at the cash office in City Hall used to collect millions each day manually and share it among themselves before banking the remainder. I digitized the whole system and the move angered the cartel that used to siphon funds each day,” Sonko explained.

The former governor maintained that his impeachment was a retaliatory move orchestrated by those he had crossed by disrupting their illicit revenue streams.

Sonko insisted that his tenure was marked by significant achievements, including the construction of infrastructure such as Dandora Stadium, fire stations, and modern markets.

Despite facing legal battles stemming from his impeachment, Sonko remains hopeful for exoneration.

He asserted that the failure to officially commission projects during his tenure was a deliberate attempt to tarnish his legacy. Sonko expressed confidence in the legal process and anticipated a favorable resolution to the pending cases.

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