Governor Sonko made his comments on a mourning collection of grievances involving the wife of Italian-born Icot, whom he met at a college in Austria and with whom he has no children.
Sonko's words involuntarily touched a raw nerve, provoking criticism from some politicians and dividing opinion in this deeply religious and conservative society, where these family issues are expected to be aired only in the privacy of the home.
CNN's efforts to reach Sonko and his comment staff were unsuccessful. Asked for comments n Governor's brother eye Imran Okoth, told CNN: "No comment. It's a personal matter. "The alleged mother of Okot's child declined comment.
Nairobi immediately took to social media with the hashtag #Sonko, jokingly warning each other not to share their secrets with the manager, who would inevitably spill them in a very public way.
Sonko, who has three children, can best be described as a maverick operator. But his comments reflect a very real problem in Kenya, where many children go through life without any paternal help.
On Friday, Sonko announced on Facebook that he had received numerous complaints from women through his hotline, His" investigation ", as he described it, found that many politicians had impregnated their girlfriends and" refused to take responsibility [for] on their own
Sonko said evidence of some of these crimes would be published soon in newspapers and on his Facebook page. None of these allegations could be verified by CNN.
The effect of comments from Sonko shared views in Kenya's capital during the funeral. Was the governor right to expose his friend, a lawmaker, to his friend's alleged public misconduct?
Brandish Kotia, a restaurant owner, told CNN: "What Sonko is not rules. These are family matters. They could just talk to each other, they didn't need to make it so public. "
Mary, a shopkeeper in the Westland neighborhood of Nairobi, who declined to give her last name because of the sensitivity of politicians' comments, agreed with Sonko: "This will be a lesson for everyone. There is too much hiding and when you try to tell men they don't want to hear about it. But now everyone will be on the lookout. "
Men talking to CNN largely refuse to comment and shake their head at the governor's boldness." He lets go of us men, "a cab driver said before leaving.
And despite the governor's public concern about single mothers, there are also increasing questions about single mothers how the Kenyan parliament treats its women members In June, a male lawmaker l was accused of physically assaulting a female MP, and last week, an MP was expelled from parliament for dropping his five-month-old baby into the chamber because the rules in force do not allow children.
There is also tension between lawmakers. women, women's rights groups and Sonko after the funeral episode.
With this Sonko loses respect for memory Kachambwa, Executive Director of the African Network for Women's Development and Communication, which works for gender equality and women's empowerment in 47 countries.
"You cannot speak from two corners of your mouth and apply double standards while planning to talk about women, "Kachamva told CNN." It's absurd to strive to do so when your speeches and actions are highly sexist and objectify to the same women you claim to be talking about. And in any case, who said women can't speak for themselves? "
Poverty is an unlikely problem for Kenyan lawmakers, who are paid 76 times more than the average Kenyan man in a year – the second most a high figure in the world after Nigeria, according to a study by the Independent Parliamentary Standardization Body (IPSA) in 2013 and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Given these salaries, many middle-class Kenyans would say that politicians who so they must be able to afford to care for their offspring.