BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,30TH JULY 2018-Move by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko ordering business licences of Chandarana Foodplus supermarket chain to be canceled amounts is illegal.
Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo has advised Mr Sonko to be seeking legal advice before taking drastic measures that do not lie under his mandate.
Speaking when she appeared in an interview on Citizen TV on Monday morning, the MP who is also a lawyer, said the governor has no mandate to revoke licences.
However, in the same interview, Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi said what people should be questioning is whether the governor got the right advice.
“There is no way the governor would just think of something and do it. He has advisers to advise him legally,” she said.
The order made on Sunday evening followed claims of racism at the retail chain after a leaked email disclosed it was planning a marketing strategy targeting “white customers” only.
A statement that was issued by Chandarana on July 28 said Mrs Rima Patel, who was the author of the email that kicked off the storm on social media, was not proficient in English and that her language was “horrendous”.
“It is not a reflection of what we stand for, not in any remote way. We will take all the stern and strict steps necessary to ensure it never happens again,” read the statement in part.