During Jomo Kenyatta’s 40th memorial celebrations, President Uhuru Kenyatta shocked many when he blatantly and openly asked Nairobi governor Mike Sonko to begin paying Mama Ngina some monthly stipends. This came after the president insinuated that his father who was the first president of Kenya and the founding father of the nation was a long serving staff at the Nairobi Municipal Council in the 1920s and as such, upon his death, Mama Ngina was entitled to a pension plan of unknown amount of money.
Fairly recently, Mama Ngina hit the headlines after it emerged that she was entitled to monthly stipends of up to 528,000 of taxpayers money. Pundits say that as the widow to the founding father of the nation, it was only natural for Mama Ngina to receive such payouts as part of the government undocumented policy of living the promise of offering reward to national figures and colonial heroes. However, this amount of money didn’t go down well with netizens as they asserted that Mama Ngina was already a wealthy lady who didn’t really need payouts from taxpayers pockets.
In an economy that is already at its knees, part of the netizens claimed that the money would be useful in other things other than remunerating the country’s first, first Lady. Nairobi governor Mike Sonko also promised the president to look into existing records at city hall concerning Jomo Kenyatta’s pension status. However, Spahletimes cannot independently verify whether or not the city governor has lived to his promise and effected the payments.