Sonko erected a lion statue in the city and Kenyans can’t stop mocking him
Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko on Wednesday came under sharp criticism after images of a lion statue erected in the city emerged on social media.
The statue, reportedly erected on university way roundabout, elicited laughs and mocking remarks from Kenyans online some of whom even questioned the tendering process and how much the project cost.
According to most Kenyans on Twitter (KOT), the statue of the lion was not properly sculpted and could only serve to bring ridicule to the city instead of beautifying it as presumably intended.
Governor Sonko’s government was also previously mocked after erecting two similar-looking lion statues at either side of the entrance to City Hall.
The Governor, however, claims he has been using his own money to fund the Nairobi City beautification project, which includes planting of flowers and grass along major roads and pavements in the city.
Below are some of the comments from Kenyans online:
Why, Sonko, why? pic.twitter.com/hK9a0x8dZo
— Laura Walubengo (@lwalubengo) March 6, 2019
Add a few hyenas and it is the elephant graveyard in Lion King.
— Chapati Aficionado (@arungaian) March 6, 2019
Even the lion himself appears not convinced he's a lion.
— Vasco Da Gama (@Quiet_Watch) March 6, 2019
This scares away visitors. Get it removed, Mhe @MikeSonko
— Charles Mwabili (@CMwabili) March 6, 2019
I saw a white tourist stop to take a photo with one of this sculpture at city hall. So probably Nairobians are not the target.
— Rono (@drizzentic) March 6, 2019
That nonsense is placed strategically at the University way roundabout. Two are at City Hall entrance. The question is who supplied them, how much did it cost and was the tendering done
— Deogracious Ekwaro (@DeograciousEkw2) March 6, 2019
There's no cure for a man with bad taste.
— Mark Muchai (@Muchaiki) March 6, 2019
Our sculptors are known for producing quality sculptures!! This must be from Wakanda!!
— Mnyika-Sokwemtu OFB (@siambiliki) March 6, 2019
By the time he's done, Nairobi will be looking as hideous as Sonko Family Ranch…
— Unknown-e-mouse (@ZeFlexxx) March 6, 2019
the real question dat will get u stunned when u get the answer is how much did it cost to erect that nigerian lion..
— kevinsky (@kevinskyO) March 6, 2019