Sonko withdraws from agreement transferring Nairobi County functions to NMS

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Embattled Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has declared a dispute over the transfer of four critical functions from the County Government to the National Government.

Sonko claims he has been sidelined in the running of Kenya’s capital city, and is contesting the appointment of military officers, led by Major General Abdalla Badi to run Nairobi.

The Governor on February 25th transferred four key functions to the National Government . The president later appointed Maj-Gen Badi as Director-General of Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) by President Uhuru Kenyatta on March 18th.

Sonko, who was also barred from accessing his city hall office as he battles graft charges, now accuses President Kenyatta’s administration of bullying him. He holds the opinion that the Deed of Transfer is fatally flawed from the onset and beyond any redemption.

The four key functions at the heart of the county administration which Sonko surrendered; health services, planning and development services, transport, public works, utilities and ancillary services are allocated more than 75% of the county budget.

The governor also lost the revenue collection function, with the National Government appointing the Kenya Revenue Authority to take charge of the county’s purse.

Sonko had earlier in the day been hard pressed by a city resident, Aloo Denish on social media, on his sobriety and state of mind when he appended his signature on the Deed of Transfer.

The governor in response admitted he was not sober and claimed to have been confused with alcohol moments before the signing ceremony, even daring his critics to institute impeachment proceedings against him at the County Assembly, vowing to resist any further intimidation by the NMS boss.

Other than contesting his diminished stature as governor, Sonko is protesting what he termed militarisation of the city administration, questioning the capacity and qualifications of army generals deployed to head various dockets.