City Hall no longer a cash cow – Sonko

Mike Sonko
File image of Mike Sonko during a previous address

Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko, says that an operation he led in the County Cash Office saw him recover Ksh 7 million in cash that had not been banked.

During the operation Tuesday (August 22), the Governor says that he discovered that the Cash Office had on several occasions failed to bank huge sums of cash that later ends in pockets of individuals.

He accused the county finance officers of deliberately refusing to bank money collected as revenue despite the County’s Official bank being less than 50 metres away.

The Governor says that it is ‘unacceptable’ for the county revenue not to be banked saying that under his watch, all accounting officers will have to be accountable.

“Under my watch, City Hall will no longer be anyone’s cash cow, we will streamline revenue collection and management in line with the Public Finance Management Act and attendant regulations,” Sonko said.

Sonko says that he will ensure that County staff prioritize efficient and timely service delivery to Nairobi residents.

This comes in the wake of reforms that the newly elected Governor is putting in place to improve operations at City Hall.

A week ago, he rejected a proposal by the County Assumption of Office Committee to set aside Ksh 25 million for his inauguration and instead directed County Finance Officer, Luke Gatimu, to use the money to pay county staff arrears.

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