After weeks of being at loggerheads with the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS), Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Friday, May 22, finally allocated Ksh3.5 billion to the authority.
The county head signed off on the funds in a supplementary budget for the financial year ending in June.
The money for the General Mohamed Badi-led team will now have to be approved by the County Assembly.Nairobi Metropolitan Services Director-General Mohamed Badi. On May 16, 2020, he decried the lack of a budget as a crippling issue in Nairobi County.File
Sonko's budgetary allocation to Nairobi Metropolitan Service comes days after it was announced that the authority would receive funding from the National Treasury, which is under the Office of the President.
Nairobi Metropolitan Service is expected to receive Ksh27.9 billion from the National Treasury for its operations in the financial year 2020/2021, and an additional Kshs1.5 billion for the Mukuru slums renewal projects.
The Supremacy battles commenced on March 17, when Sonko signed the handover bill that transferred four key dockets to the Nairobi Metropolitan Service under General Mohammed Badi.
In the deal, the Service was to take over Health, Planning and Development, Transport, Public Works and Ancillary Services from the county government.
Since the transfer of functions, General Badi has been depending on Ksh3.8 billion that it was given on April 17, by the National Treasury to kick start its operations.
Sonko had been accused of frustrating the functions of the NMS after he declined to allocate Ksh15 billion drawn by the MCAs through a supplementary budget.
Sonko has on several occasions expressed his displeasure over the implementation of the Deed of Transfer and Functions by the NMS.Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko when he he held a meeting with County Executive Committee Members at his private Upper Hill office on Thursday, March 12, 2020.File
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