Relief for Governor Sonko after Bill allocating Ksh.15B to NMS revoked

Relief for Governor Sonko after Bill allocating Ksh.15B to NMS revoked
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko appearing before the Senate County Public Investment Committee on Monday, December 3, 2018. PHOTO| MIKE SONKO| FACEBOOK

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko is set to introduce a new Nairobi County Supplementary Appropriations Bill 2020 to the city assembly following the de-gazettement of the previously one on Monday.

In what came as a win for Governor Sonko, Government Printer Mwenda Njoka, in a gazette notice dated May 11, 2020, revoked the contentious Act, that allocated the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) Ksh.15 billion for the functions transferred to the national government.

“It is notified for the general information of the public that the Government Printer has revoked the Kenya Gazette Supplement No. 2 (Nairobi City County Act No. 1) dated April 27, 2020, which published the purported Nairobi City County Supplementary Appropriations Act, 2020,” said the Government Printer in the gazette notice.

The Nairobi City County Supplementary Appropriations Act, 2020 had been gazetted into an Act on April 27, 2020, despite Sonko declining to assent to it on two occasions.

Sonko, through his spokesperson Ben Mulwa hailed the move to revoke the Act, saying the County Executive will now present a new supplementary budget to the assembly.

At the same time, Governor Sonko accused the Nairobi County Assembly of fighting the formation and the operationalisation of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services.

The Governor called on Speaker Beatrice Elachi to resign over what he termed violation of the law and acting with impunity in discharging her mandate in the just revoked County appropriation Bill 2020.

On Friday last week, Solicitor General Kennedy Ogeto had issued an advisory saying that the gazettement of the contested Act, was null and unlawful.

The Governor has also disapproved the deployment of military officers to manage the county through NMS, terming the move as against the Constituion.

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