Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

top
Capital News
President Uhuru Kenyatta seen here with Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko (centre) and Maj Gen Mohamed Badi (right)/FILE

County News

Sonko issues new threat to reclaim transferred city functions in bitter row with NMS

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 25 – Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has issued fresh threats to pull out of the agreement that saw him transfer key functions to the national government for management by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).

After months of tension between his office and the Major General Mohamed Badi-led administration, Sonko now says he can’t take it anymore.

Governor Mike Sonko at his private office in Upper Hill where he operates from after the court barred him from accessing office over graft charges. /CFM-FILE.

Sonko said he has endured frustration and intimidation by NMS officials which observers say has reduced his office to a shadow.

His long-time lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui announced Friday that the “Governor formally reclaims the running of Nairobi County Government after withdrawing from the Deed of Transfer that transferred four key functions to the Nairobi Metropolitan Services.”

No evidence was provided to show the withdrawal.

The announcement from his lawyer followed statements attributed to the governor in local press, saying he was intoxicated when he signed the deed of transfer before cameras and in the presence of President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House.

Badi was subsequently named the Director-General of NMS.

But prior to transfering the functions, Sonko had already been barred by the court after facing corruption charges, which he is battling alongside some City Hall officials and suppliers.

With his own signature, Sonko surrendered health, transport, public works and planning dockets to the national government, but he claims he was not in his right mind at the time.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

At the time, both parties termed the move “as historic” and one that was meant to reclaim the fading city glory- as East Africa’s largest business hub and host to several global organisations including the United Nations based in Gigiri.

If the wrangles persist, the deed of transfer requires the two parties to present their grievances to President Kenyatta-in a lengthy process that comes barely two years to 2022 General Elections.

The Governor has accused the National Government of staging a coup- leaving him as an outsider in the management of the city affairs.

Just recently, the Governor asked Badi “stop this nonsensical behaviour of insulting me,” after he was warned against occupying the official residence of the governor, a house that was formerly occupied the city mayor.

“Why forcefully take the official Nairobi County Governor’s residence and ceremonial vehicle?” the Governor asked.

“We are not in competition, kindly let us focus on service delivery to the great people of Nairobi and if you want to fight go to Somalia and fight with Al-Shabaab and if you want to become the Governor wait for 2022 to vie,” Sonko said in his characteristic salvo.


Badi did not however mince his words that land is a transferred function and Sonko should stay away from that house

“That area belongs to NMS. And as we talk, that house has been shielded off and nobody is going to reclaim that house,” the NMS Director-General asserted.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Play to listen to Capital FM News
Advertisement

More on Capital News

Capital Health

NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 21-The Ministry of Health is ramping up COVID-19 vaccination in drought-hit counties through food distribution networks. Acting Director-General for Health Dr...

World

Istanbul (AFP), Oct 21 – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday threatened to expel the US, German and eight other Western ambassadors after...

Top stories

NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 21 – Migori Governor Zachary Okoth Obado, four of his children and other accused persons were on Thursday charged afresh in...

Top stories

NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 21 – Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua has threatened to sue activist Boniface Mwangi for defamation. This follows a viral video...

Africa

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Oct 21 – South Africa’s ex-president Jacob Zuma on Thursday made his first public appearance since his release from prison on...

KENYA-MALAWI RELATIONS

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 21 — Kenya and Malawi have ushered in a new dawn in their bilateral relations by signing eight new agreements designed...

Top stories

NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 21 – Deputy President William Ruto has said the 2022 election contest has been framed. He said the race will be...

Capital Health

NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 21–  The Ministry of Health (MoH) is set to launch the Breast Cancer Action Plan (2021-2025) at Nakuru Level 5 Hospital...