Nairobi embattled governor Mike Sonko took to social media to shed light on the circumstances that led to signing of NMS deed of transfer that led to transfer of key functions like health, public works, planning and transport in what appears to be escalation of altercation and supremacy wars with NMS boss General Badi.
The governor signed the transfer of functions deed to newly created outfit called Nairobi Metropolitan services (NMS) on march 18th 2020 at the statehouse Nairobi in presence of senate speaker Kenneth Lusaka and devolution Cabinet secretary among other government officials.
Through his usual Facebook Live sessions, the governor now claims that he was inebriated while signing the deal. “I was not sober, Hawa watu wa statehouse waliniconfuse na pombe(Statehouse operatives confused me with alcohol) and by the time I was meeting the president I was just seeing zigzag ” the governor said faulting statehouse officials with confusing him with alcohol before signing the NMS deal.
The governor further says that he went ahead with the signing of the deed due to the respect he has for the president and due to the fact that both have interests of Nairobi electorates at heart. “Both of us meant well for Nairobi people” governor says
“Huyu jeshi akiendelea (if this military man continues) then better impeach me like Waititu but I will not stand intimidation anymore” Governor Sonko says in the live video sounding a veiled warning to the NMS boss incessant bullish approach and failure to comply with court orders.
The court ruling on June by Justice Wasilwa faulted establishment of NMS outfit saying the county assembly did not approve its establishment and thus rendering it unlawful lacking legal premise with its functions a ruling that seems to have embolden the embattled governor’s assertion and led him to go on full throttle supremacy battle with executive-backed General Badi.
Governor Sonko doubled up on claims he can withdraw and cancel the deal. “He’s(Badi) forgetting that it is a contract and can be terminated at any point” a claim the governor has made before.
With the governor fighting to reclaim his diminishing influence and the General fighting for his turf, the service delivery will undoubtedly be affected as the incessant squabbles, supremacy battles and chest-thumping with affect revenue collections, appropriations and damage working environment from all levels of government.
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