Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has refuted claims that he has gone into hiding for fear of arrest, saying he has deliberately kept away from City Hall.

Governor Sonko said that he made a personal decision to stay away from his City Hall office in order to avoid being accused of interfering with official records which might be used as evidence in ongoing investigations at the county government.

He said reports of him being in hiding are being peddled by his critics, adding that the anti-graft agencies must be allowed to do their work independently without interference or intimidation.

TOTAL SILENCE

“This is also precisely why I have maintained total silence on the matter of EACC (Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission) investigations even after several fake news reports by media houses as I do not want to issue any statement pre-empting or jeopardising the EACC investigations, its findings or final report,” said Mr Sonko in a statement posted on his Facebook page.

But Mr Sonko pointed out that although he is not in his office, he is very much in charge of affairs at City Hall, actively overseeing the day-to-day running of the county government.

NO POWER VACUUM

“City residents can confirm that service delivery in the county is running as usual and there is no power vacuum in the county,” he said.

But the governor warned individuals who may think of taking advantage of his absence and silence to interfere with the county’s affairs that that will not happen.

The City Hall boss stated he is committed to supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta in the war against corruption in the country, saying that for it to be won, the public, the head of State and all investigative agencies must be supported.