Standard Media Group is on the spot once again after the media house was duped on Boxing Day by a fake opinion poll on the approval rating of governors in their first 100 days in office.
The opinion poll which ranked Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana and Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru as the best performing county chiefs in their first 100 days in office was widely criticized in the social media for lacking credibility.
The little known pollsters, Polls Kenya surprisingly failed to give details of the methodology used to conduct the opinion poll as required by law but the Standard Media which among the leading media houses in the country published the story without even seeking for details of the poll.
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and his Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho were ranked poorly with the least approval rating on their first 100 days in office. The poll was conducted on the 12, December 2017.
However sources at the Standard Media indicate people linked to Waiguru were behind the poll in which she was highly ranked despite financial scandals which already rocked Kirinyaga County including the Sh 19 million President Uhuru Kenyatta’s campaign kitty that was embezzled under her watch.
According to Sonko’s official Facebook page, his administration has achieved a number of goals since assuming office. Top on his achievements is the streamlined revenue collection at City Hall which has ended perennial strikes by county workers since they’re now paid their salaries on time.
City Hall workers salaries stand at Sh 800 million, but during the reigns of former governor Evans Kidero the workers were never paid on time leading to frequent strikes.
The Nairobi County Government prides itself for introduction of cashless system which managed to end corruption at City Hall by 90% leading to an improved revenue collection.
Sonko has also outlined the purchase of new fire engines for every Nairobi sub-County as a milestone achievement in his first 100 days. Another achievement pointed out by Sonko is the introduction of the data Center at City Hall which he says will help to curb corruption and weed out ghost workers.
However the biggest headache to Sonko’s administration is the garbage menace which has been blamed on cartels who have allegedly sabotaging Sonko by demanding for payment of pending bills amounting to millions of shillings from shoddy contracts awarded to ghost firms by Kidero’s government.
But Sonko in his Facebook page has now promised that this will come to an end with the award of tenders to new garbage collectors in every Ward in the City by January 2018.