Nairobi’s Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has called out the Institution mandated to manage four functions transferred from the County government, the National Metropolitan Service NMS, describing it as a fraudulent scheme robbing Nairobians of their constitutional right.
The Governor and NMS have been having proxy wars since its formation with the former accusing the institution of short-changing city residents by affecting service delivery in the city. “It is an illegal outfit fashioned as a parallel government which has really confused what was instituted in the transfer deal.
The entire deal was designed to defraud me and the great people of Nairobi,” he said.
NMS however claims that Sonko has been starving it of cash meant to operationalise service provision in the city alleging that it cannot access the funds as they are not signatories in the account and the county government is frustrating them by refusing to unlock the accounts.
In a rejoinder, Sonko said the funds are intact and lying idle in the Central bank. “Treasury suspended the Health sector budget from the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) and it’s now impossible to process payments for the transferred functions through IFIMS,” he added.
Sonko has now instituted proceedings to terminate the transfer deed with the National government. “All my efforts to neutralize the stalemate with NMS have been ignored. I really want us to work together for the betterment of the city but some people are frustrating all my sincere efforts.”
The outspoken Governor has also been vocal about his stand about the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) saying he is opposed to it if it will not have contentious issues addressed. The Nairobi County government will lose four key functions to the national government if the Building Bridges Initiative report is adopted