President Uhuru Kenyatta has stepped in to settle a stalemate between Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS).
Governor Sonko refused to approve a supplementary budget passed by the Nairobi County Assembly on April 2 to fund NMS’s operations.
President Kenyatta has, however, requested the National Treasury to release Sh26 billion to fund NMS for the 2020/2021 financial year.
President Uhuru Kenyatta takes action after Governor Mike Sonko refused to cooperate with Nairobi Metropolitan Service.
Mr Kenyatta’s move stamps his authority over Governor Mike Sonko, who recently threatened to pull out of a two-year deal between City Hall and the national government.
According to the letter written by Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, the funds will be accounted for under the Presidency.
The Governor is convinced that by contesting and becoming Governor of Nairobi, he bit off more than he could chew. His tone in the days since he agreed to let the State run some of his roles betrays a man who has conceded to his own ineptitude.
The Nairobi Governor has been vocal about the alleged undermining of his authority by the NMS management led by Major General (Rtd) Mohammed Badi.
He has on several occasions also accused Interior PS Karanja Kibicho of sabotaging his efforts in Nairobi.
The government has proposed to amend the budgets for State Department for Interior, the Presidency and the Treasury to include Sh53.7 billion for the post-COVID-19 economic stimulus package, Sh26 billion for NMS and Sh1.5 billion for Mukuru Renewal Project under NMS.