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Nairobi County Secretary says services normal at City Hall despite Sonko prosecution

City Hall, the Nairobi County Government headquarters. /CFM-FILE.

NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 15 – Nairobi County Secretary Leboo Morintat has dismissed reports that operations at City Hall have stalled following the arrest and prosecution of Governor Mike Sonko.

He instead called on residents to keep visiting county offices and other facilities for daily services “because everything is running swiftly.”

“This is to assure the public that nothing has stalled at City Hall and we going on with our normal service delivery programs as captured in the governor’s development agenda,” Leboo said.

Sonko was arrested and charged last week with corruption in a Sh357 million contract, that also roped in county officials and suppliers.

Sonko and the county officials charged were granted bail and ordered to keep off office until their cases are heard and determined.

Mike Sonko at the Milimani Law Courts when he was charged with corruption. /CFM.

Following their prosecution, there have been fears that operations are largely stalled at the county following the many suspensions by Sonko including for his CECs and other departmental heads.

The County Secretary claimed that the ongoing campaign against the progress made by the governor “is secretly being pushed by unscrupulous businessmen who supplied air during past regimes and would want to paint a bad picture of affairs at City Hall so that they can find their way back.”

“The order that the media and critics want restored is the order of supplying air, and impunity in the planning department,” he claimed.

The County Secretary said service delivery at City Hall is pegged on budgetary allocation and the Annual Development Plan for every year.

“For the first time in history, we are experiencing a situation where most programs captured in the Annual Development Plans are being implemented,” he said.

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While quoting the Controller of Budget Report for 2018/19, the Leboo said that City Hall has for the first time recorded a development budget absorption rate of over 70 per cent, attributing this to the sustained pressure from the governor that every sector has to deliver on its mandate.

He added that staff at City Hall have had their best employment days under the governor, who has ensured that salaries and all allowances are remitted on time every month.

He dismissed reports that the over 11,000 employees operate in fear.

“Those who have been in Nairobi for decades know that salaries would delay for up to five months. This doesn’t happen anymore and the staff are a happy lot. Those who operate in fear probably are engaging in some impunity and fear being interdicted,” he said and cited Sonko’s commitment to addressing labour-related issues in the health sector as an indicator of his zeal to deal with issues head-on.

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