Sonko vows to move to court to terminate Nairobi take-over deal

Ex-Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko./ file

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has made a sharp u-turn on the Nairobi take-over by the National Government indicating that he feels that he was duped in the deal.

Sonko is crying foul over the deal accusing some top government officials of frustrating him.

Sonko said that he will move to court to seek redress to terminate the deal.

The Nairobi Governor, who previously started complaining through online platforms, has been accusing Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho and County Commissioner Wilson Njega for his tribulations.

“When we started this process the President had good intentions on Nairobi but some of his greedy officers in government, especially the ones who hate me have hijacked the process to embarrass and frustrate me with a lot of impunity,” he said.

He claimed that he was not privy and well furnished with the documents of transferring the functions to the national government.

“To date I have not been furnished with a copy of the documents,” Sonko said.

Last month, President Uhuru Kenyatta created Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) to take over the running of the county government’s transferred functions .

The President appointed Maj-Gen Mohamed Abdalla Badi the Director-General of NMS.

Maj-Gen Badi was deputised by Physical Planning PS Enosh Onyango Momanyi,.

The career military pilot has been overseeing the running of the four delegated functions — health, transport, planning and development, and public works and utilities — which together have a budget of over sh.20 billion.

Sonko’s confidants are apprehensive of the move by the Public Service Commission of transferring more than 6,000 City Hall staff to the NMS in March, yet they were employed by the Nairobi County Public Service Board.