Governor Mike Sonko has maintained his push to terminate a city takeover deal with the national government, saying he will not allow the process to continue “if things remain as they are”.
The governor, through his spokesperson Ben Mulwa, said the process has been hijacked by unnamed State officials hell-bent on frustrating and embarrassing him as well as ruining his relationship with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He said his earlier position of instituting the termination process stands if the Deed of Transfer of Functions is not executed in line with the law.
“The governor is still willing to terminate the contractual engagement if things remain as they are,” Mr Mulwa said.
“This is because some national government officials have hijacked the process in an effort to embarrass and frustrate him. He is even wondering if the deed being implemented is actually the one he signed or it is a different one.”
Last week, the governor threatened to withdraw from the agreement between City Hall and the national government, citing frustrations in the implementation of the deal.
He said he was considering going to court to end the agreement that saw four key functions transferred from his administration to the newly established Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).
At that time, Mr Mulwa cited the stalemate over Nairobi County Supplementary Appropriations Bill, 2020, which allocates Sh15 billion to the NMS.
He accused unnamed individuals of working in cahoots with Speaker Beatrice Elachi to create their own budget and and approve it.
“We do not even know who authored the supplementary budget as it did not emanate from the Finance department according to procedure,” he said.
Mr Mulwa also cited the manner in which the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) took over staff from the county as well as the actions of Public Service Commission (PSC) in seconding of City Hall staff to the newly created NMS office.
He added that Sonko’s efforts to distribute food and masks as well as install sanitiser booths have been frustrated by national government officers and some vandalised.
Mr Mulwa said all these actions have strengthened the county chief’s resolve to commence the process of pulling out of the deal.