NMS Accused of Misusing Ksh 1 Billion

  • NMS Director-General Mohammed Badi speaking in Mombasa on January 29, 2021.
    NMS Director-General Mohammed Badi speaking in Mombasa on January 29, 2021.
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  • Nairobi Metropolitan Services has been accused of misappropriating Ksh 1 billion that it was allocated as part of the Covid-19 mitigation measures. 

    A report by Daily Nation on Thursday, April 15, indicated that Members of the Nairobi County Assembly had accused the entity of misappropriating the funds.

    Led by Minority Leader Michael Ogada and Minority Whip Peter Imwatok, the lawmakers demanded accountability from NMS claiming that projects that had been carried out were not satisfactory.

    The lawmakers, while speaking on Wednesday, April 14, further noted that NMS did not have any records to show how the money from the National Government was spent by NMS. 

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    Makongeni Member of County Assembly Peter Imwatok speaking at a past event.
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    In an earlier address, the team accused NMS boss Major General Mohammed Badi of laxity after noting that projects had taken longer to be completed in their wards. 

    Ogada had maintained that they had supported NMS and were happy during its early days.

    "We gave this entity Ksh 29 billion for development and nothing seems to be working. The assembly is becoming disillusioned.

    "Badi must be told that Nairobi County is not just the CBD, Nairobi is not just two or three slums we have, Nairobi has 85 wards and we need to see service delivery in all those wards, we don’t want theatrics, we don’t want drama,” stated Ogada.

    He further claimed that the entity had refused to forward its accountability assessment to the assembly arguing that it was only accountable to the head of state.

    The accusation continues to checker NMS's past development record which is currently under scrutiny by the Nairobi County Assembly Transport and Public Works Committee.

    The lawmakers, on Monday, April 12, had claimed that despite issuing a project priority list, NMS was yet to begin construction works on some of them despite the allocation of necessary equipment.

    Nairobi residents had praised the Badi for shutting out critics and improving road infrastructure, hospitals as well as water supply.

    As of December 2020, the agency was in the process of tarmacking and retarmacking 400 kilometres of roads around the city.

    Inside the Nairobi County Assembly chambers.
    Inside the Nairobi County Assembly chambers.
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