Lion statues erected by Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko were on Tuesday night, February 25, defaced.
The statues were burnt down while others were painted on, hours after Sonko surrendered his duties to the national government.
Speaking to kenyagist.com, director communications governor press service Jacob Elkana confirmed the incident and stated that the matter was being looked into.
Lion statue outside City Hall was burned on the night on Tuesday, February 25, 2020
“We are worried. We do not know the perpetrators but we have reported the incident to the detectives,” Elkana stated.
The incident took place hours after the governor handed over some of his county duties to the national government.
One of the lion statues looked dark and covered in soot while another was painted in various colours.
The sculptures seemed to be symbolic of Sonko’s rule, having erected them at the VIP entrance of his office as well as other strategic locations in the city. Similar statues can also be found at his, Mua Hills, Machakos County.
In a statement sent to newsrooms on Tuesday, February 25 by State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena, stated that the handing over was done in pursuant to Article 187 of the Constitution.
The signing of the agreement was witnessed by the Speaker of the Senate, Hon. Kenneth Lusaka and Attorney General Paul Kihara.
The government stated that the move would ensure Nairobi residents received services efficiently.
On Wednesday, February 26, Sonko dealt yet another blow after he lost his bid to stop prosecution over alleged involvement in corruption.
The governor had wanted to stop his prosecution in the Ksh357 million corruption case, stating that information that led to his arrest was acquired illegally.
Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa (left) and Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko (left) shake hands after signing the deed of transfer of functions on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at State House, Nairobi