Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has assured city residents and the Nairobi Festival stakeholders that the event will be bigger than the year before.
His assurance on Monday came hours after former Citizen TV anchor Willis Raburu stepped down as Chairperson of the Nairobi Festival Committee, a position he landed in July this year.
Sakaja revealed his plans to better this year’s edition while hosting key partners and stakeholders at Weston Hotel.
“For six days, the Nairobi Festival, organized by the Nairobi City County Government will provide a platform to celebrate the diversity of Nairobi, as well as its rich creative arts and culture,” he told the congregation.
Journalist Willis Raburu at TV47 studios in Nairobi.
“We have many more partners that have come on board. We have budget lines and all the provisions in our law to get the ticket, and we expect a bigger international festival.”
In his resignation letter, Raburu revealed that the county needed a systemic change, an issues that Sakaja is yet to address.
“This morning, I have officially informed the leadership of the county that I will no longer be serving in my current capacity as Chair of the Nairobi Festival Committee,” read the statement in part.
“However, this decision is driven by a recognition of the pressing need for systemic change to enhance the effectiveness of our service delivery and leadership.”
The journalist, however, revealed that he would support the county leadership.
“I firmly believe that with the right structural adjustments and a collective commitment to positive change, we can pave the way for a brighter future. My hope is that this decision will serve as a catalyst for the necessary transformation that our county deserves,” he explained.
The event, whose inaugural edition took place in December 2022, is slated to return on December 12, 2023.
Meanwhile, Raburu continues to host his entertainment show, WabebeXP, on TV47 every Friday night.
Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja meets the Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania Friendship group in the French National Assembly (Assemblee Nationale) in Paris, France on October 17, 2023.