MP Alice Wahome Sues Uhuru Over NMS Badi

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and Kandara MP Alice Wahome speaking on phones.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and Kandara MP Alice Wahome speaking on phones.
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  • Kandara MP Alice Wahome on Tuesday, September 15, filed a petition challenging the inclusion of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services boss Mohamed Badi, into the cabinet.

    In her petition, Wahome has listed the attorney general, the secretary to the cabinet and the major general Mohamed Badi as the repondents to the case.

    She argued that it was wrong for Badi to be included in the cabinet without a nod from parliament.

    "That this petition contains very serious issues surrounding the establishment of a government and its organs in a manner other than as provided for in the constitution," reads an exerpt of the petition.

    Deputy President William Ruto with Kandara MP Alice Wahome in Kandara, Murang’a county on February 13, 2020.
    Deputy President William Ruto with Kandara MP Alice Wahome in Kandara, Murang’a county on February 13, 2020.
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    Through her lawyer, Gitonga Mureithi and company advocates, Wahome stated that the petition raised serious constitutional and governance issues that required urgent adjudication and pronouncements by the courts.

    The legislator now wants Badi to be barred from attending any other cabinet meetings.

    Her petition came days after President Uhuru Kenyatta witnessed the taking into oath and subscription to the Oath of Secrecy by Badi, which would allow him to attend all cabinet meetings and its committees.

    The oath is a requirement for all persons who attend Cabinet Meetings or participate in the conduct of Cabinet Business. 

    "The Ceremony conducted by the Head of the Public Service was a precursor to the Cabinet Meeting held at State House, Nairobi on this Tenth Day of September the Year of our Lord Two Thousand and Twenty," reads an excerpt of the statement sent to newsrooms by State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena on Thursday, September 10.

    In March 2020, Badi was tasked by the president with overseeing functions transferred to the national government by the Governor Mike Sonko-led County Government of Nairobi.

    Some of the transferred functions included; county health services, transport, public works, utilities and ancillary services and county government planning and development.

    The NMS team was directed to begin working on streamlining urban renewal projects that had experienced delays.

    “The NMS should review these projects such as Jeevanjee, Pangani and others and make a determination on how they can take off, realising that development of these projects is part of the recently concluded Eastlands Urban Renewal Master plan,” Kenyatta stated.

    Nairobi Metropolitan Services Director General Mohammed Badi with Governor Mike Sonko at KICC on Friday, August 21, 2020
    Nairobi Metropolitan Services Director General Mohammed Badi with Governor Mike Sonko at KICC on Friday, August 21, 2020