Why the lion outside Sonko’s City Hall office was removed

The removal of the lion is not related to Sonko's handing over.

The lion statue outside City Hall. It was removed earlier on Wednesday. [Photo/howafrica.africa]

In Brief

-Many associated the removal of the lion to the Governor Mike Sonko’s handing over his duties as the county chief the national government on Tuesday.

Trust Kenyans to be some of the most active netizens in the world, earlier on Wednesday morning they took to social media in their droves after photos surfaced online showing a lion that was placed by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko in March 2019 being removed.

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Many associated the removal of the lion to the Governor Mike Sonko’s handing over his duties as the county chief the national government on Tuesday.

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What Happened to the lion statue

This is the fact an unknown person apparently set the lion statue on fire on Tuesday night leaving it in a dilapidated condition necessitating the removal.

The lion before being burnt

The burnt lion loaded on a truck.

On Tuesday evening embattled Governor Mike Sonko appended his signature on a document that effectively handed over key functions of the county to the national government, the event was witnessed by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, Attorney General Paul Kihara and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa.

What’s in the agreement

The national government will, therefore, take over the health, transport services, public works Utilities and Ancillary services, planning and development from the county government.

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The agreement was done in accordance with Article 187 of the constitution which states that if functions or power of government at one level may be transferred to a government at the other level by agreements between the governments if:

  1. The function or power will be more effectively performed or exercised by the receiving government.
  2. The transfer of the function or power is prohibited by the legislation under which it is to be performed or exercised.

This, however, means that Governor Mike Sonko remains in position but in a limited capacity running the county affairs.

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Whats’s next for Sonko

The agreement also comes on the backdrop of an impeachment motion against the governor that was staged last week by Makongeni MCA Petel Emotok. The fate of Sonko hangs in the balance as he seeks to clear his name over corruption allegations.


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