Uhuru takes over affairs at troubled Nairobi county

Presidednt Uhuru Kenyatta , Senate speaker Kenneth Lusaka, Nairobi governor Mike Sonko and Senate speaker Kenneth Lusaka during the take signing PHOTO CPURTESY

The national government has taken over affairs at the Nairobi county.

This is according to the latest communiqué released by the statehouse spokesperson Kanze Dena on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the functions were taken over pursuant to section 167 of the 2010 constitution.

“In a landmark agreement signed at State House today, Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa in concurrence with H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta, signed an agreement, handing over functions of the Nairobi County Government to the National Government, pursuant to Article 187 of the Constitution,” said a statement from Kanze Dena, the State House spokesperson.

Article 187 of the constitution states that a function or power of government at one level may be transferred to a government at the other level by agreement between the governments if (a) the function or power would be more effectively performed or exercised by the receiving government, and (b) the transfer of the function or power is not prohibited by the legislation under which it is to be performed or exercised.

The National government will take over the following functions of the Nairobi County government:

  • County health services
  • County transport services
  • County public works, utilities and ancillary services
  • County government planning and development

This comes hot in the heels of an impeachment motion against the Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko.

Trouble in the county started after Sonko’s deputy Polycarp Igathe resigned in January 2018.

More trouble would follow after the governor was barred from accessing office as a condition of his bail terms until a corruption case against him is heard and determined.