Wednesday, 10 June 2015


I have seen pictures of Sonko circulating in the social media showing him shopping for Fire engine somewhere in Dubai. His acts of “charity” has enabled him to acquire massive grass root support across the political divide. However, I believe his model of development and assistance is not the right one. As a matter of fact, it’s a catapult to the dependency syndrome that we are working hard to eliminate. The middle class seen him as an attention seeker but a psychologist will tell you that in his earlier for life he probably had self-esteem issues. That’s why I wouldn’t criticize him harshly despite his ridiculous antics.

That aside, if he is really interested in helping people then he should empower them to fend for themselves instead giving handouts. With his deep pockets, he can begin with establishing a factory/ industry, a fertilizer manufacturing plant for instance. We don’t have one despite the fact that our economy is anchored by the agricultural sector. The industries will have multiplier effect besides creating sustainable jobs for the ever increasing jobless graduates. On the whole, I am not sure whether the ‘philanthropy’ is only meant to hoodwink people to vote him the next governor for the lovely people of Nairobi. Will it stop once he becomes the governor? I guess time will tell.