Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has responded to claims that he was a traitor after the Nairobi residents accused him of betraying them in their hour of need during a session in the Senate.
On Monday morning, the Senator became a trending topic on Twitter where some city residents accused him of voting against the Commission for Revenue Allocation (CRA) proposed revenue sharing formula that would have seen revenue shared according to the population in each county across the country.
Nairobi being one of the largest and the most populous was a guarantee that the County would have been given the largest share if the new formula had been approved by the Senate.
The people behind the #SakajaBetraysNairobi woke up on Monday to put up banners across Nairobi County which part of the message read:
“Sakaja is a traitor. You do not represent Mandera, you represent us! Nairobi. Haki yetu.”
Sakaja went on to respond by saying that the people had been paid to push the hashtag on Twitter. He urged other twitter users to continue tweeting so that they could help the keyboard worriers to earn their daily bread.
He added that the placing of banners across the streets of Nairobi was a move of pure desperation. He sarcastically further added that he loved the marketing stressing out that he was unmoved by the banners
“Morning guys. Today’s paid hashtag is #SakajabetraysNairobi. Let’s get tweeting and help the keyboard warriors earn their daily bread. #527. Pure desperation. Love the marketing. Unbowed,” read his tweet.
While some accused the Senator of going behind their backs, others stood firm with him stating that he made the right move by voting against the bill.
The proposed CRA formula of one man, one vote, one shilling is population-driven and would have Counties such as Nairobi, Western, Rift Valley, Central and Nyanza regions benefit.
The debate has led to a stalemate in the Senate which holds the financial fate of all Counties across the Country.