A video of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko purchasing jewellery worth Sh4.3 million has caused chatter among city residents on social media, especially in the wake of his recent woes.
Sonko was this week charged in court with misappropriation of more than Sh357 million of the county government.
In the video that was taken in April this year, Sonko is seen admiring a Versace diamond encrusted chain in the company of his aids in Dubai.
The sales lady then shows him the necklace. The pendant of the chain, which bears the Versace logo (the head of Medusa in the Greek mythology of a beautiful Gorgon who was turned into a hideous monster by Athena) costs a staggering Sh2,718,817.
The chain for the necklace costs Sh1,550,445.
In the video, Sonko is heard explaining to the sales lady how he is a fan of gold and Versace.
However, it is what he says next that has left Kenyans seething with anger.
Mr Sonko, after hearing the total amount, says “Mita tano bana, na Wakenya wananunua.”
Here is what Kenyans on Twitter had to say:
Eeeh lakini hawakuwa na mtu wa mazematic? Io hesabu wamepiga video mzima na bado haiingiani.
— alvin kahama (@alvin_kahama) December 11, 2019
— Mashjayk (@mashjayk) December 11, 2019
Surely, ni wakenya wananunua
— Cedric Anami (@CedricAnami) December 11, 2019
“… na wakenya wananunua … Hiyo ni laana.” 1:57
Ama nasikia zangu?
— da Vinci (@KenyanHustler) December 11, 2019
The parade of lawyers who were arm and tooth to help him get the bail was the best description this country is not ours.
— Niko Zebra (@njrinic) December 11, 2019
What are you trying to paint white. pic.twitter.com/8UybS0dQ5Q
— MburuMburu (@MburuMburu5) December 11, 2019
So I have being buying my governor chains Worth millions yet yangu ni ya 150Ksh
— Mercychep (@Mercychep14) December 11, 2019
Kiburi ni kitu mbaya sana. But Kenyans hawawezisaidika!
— Celestine Mbaluka (@mbaluks) December 11, 2019