Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s Statement Over Pumwani Incident Leaves NMS Exposed


Prolific Nairobi Governor HE Mike Mbuvi Sonko statement has left Nairobi metropolitan exposed badly.


My attention has been drawn to a statement and utterances made before the Senate yesterday by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services.

It is lazy, escapist and insensitive, as has been their characteristic, for the NMS to allege that the unfortunate incident we all witnessed
at the Pumwani Maternity Hospital of a mother giving birth on the roadside can be attributed to their inability to access the County Payroll.

Out of their pursuit to perpetuate impunity, as it has become their trade, the NMS made illicit arrangements to pay the staff seconded to them a few days ago. It has since emerged that they paid salaries to DEAD people and RETIREES, returning Nairobi to the culture of paying ghost workers that I had leiminated since I assumed office.

The Nairobi County Public Service Board remains the employer of, ALL the seconded staff, and nothing stops the seconded staff from executing their duties as per the contracts of employment.

For instance, we have police officers seconded to State House, other Government installations, Banks and even VIPs, yet they are not employees of the agencies they are seconded to. Has that ever stopped them from performing their duties?

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It is indeed unfortunate that the NMS has resorted to providing the public with petty excuses to cover up for their gross incompetence and ineptitude since they assumed delegated responsibility over four transferred functions.

I find it strange and ridiculous that they have been throwing around funny figures to entertain the public, while creating the impression that I have “refused” to fund the NMS.

The NMS is full aware of the fact that THERE IS NO LAW IN KENYA that allows a County Government to finance the operations of the Office of the President where they are domiciled.

As such, resorting to cheap blackmail will not solve the legal challenges before us, and trying to paint my administration as failed will not cure their incompetence.

If anything, it is now more that six (6) months since they came into existence, and apart from a few coloured pavements in the City Centre, whose contracts were awarded by my administration even
before they existed, they have nothing else to show.

Garbage has been piling up across many parts of the City, the lethargy that I had eliminated in our public healthcare sector has been reintroduced, the Pumwani incident being a case at hand, and overall service delivery has been hampered due to the confusion they have introduced, as they continue to pursue petty politics that are not adding any value to Nairobi residents.

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As the NMS have correctly put it, their exists very stringent
regulations in the management and utilisation of public funds, and particularly donor funds. As I have indicated above, there lacks a legal framework for the Nairobi City County Government to transfer funds to the National Government.

To this day, NOBODY knows
whether the NMS operates bank account(s), who the signatories
are, where their funding comes from, and how they account for such monies.

The question is, is the Nairobi City County Government supposed to wire money to Major Badi’s personal accounts or his M-Pesa??? And which law allows that???Today, my administration is under pressure from the Auditor General and the Ministry of Health to account for the over 294 million shillings that was allocated to Nairobi to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and wired directly by the National Treasury to NMS in complete contravention of the law.

NMS has refused to account for
these monies, yet they purport to be unable to perform their
functions “due to lack of funds.”Over and above that, my administration paid over 120
Million Shillings to our health workers in July this year, following the Presidential directive to motivate those on the frontline in battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Therefore, the issue of lack of
support and cooperation from my administration does not arise.

Given the foregoing, it is now clear that the NMS is emerging as the new face of cartels in Nairobi, determined to not only restore ghost workers into the County Payroll, but also pay ghost suppliers in the Pending Bills that I reduced from 64 Billion shillings to 11 Billion shillings.

“How else do they explain their
obsession with the Payroll and Pending Bills, yet there is so much work to be done to transform Nairobi”???

The Nairobi City County Government retains responsibility over the transferred functions, as provided for under Article 187 (2) (b) of the Constitution of Kenya.

I therefore urge the NMS to desist from the sideshows and
blame games, and focus on delivering on their mandate within the law, as we were tasked by the President a few weeks ago._____________________________
H.E. Mike Mbuvi Sonko, EGH