Sonko rejects Treasury’s request for key deed of transfer documents


Sonko rejects Treasury's request for key deed of transfer documents
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa sign agreement to transfer county functions in the presence of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka. PHOTO| PSCU

In Summary

  • The required documents were to ensure the smooth transfer of the four functions taken over by the National Government.
  • The yet to be submitted documents include among others; legal framework, outstanding but collectable revenues, pay bill numbers, human resource data, vote book balance, pending bills and project status.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s City Hall office will not be furnishing the National Government with critical documents related to the transferred functions according to a letter from City Hall dated April 29.

The letter comes days after senior officials from City Hall were given four days to supply the documents to the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS)

In the letter drafted by Justus Kathenge- the acting county secretary- Nairobi county is in the process of pulling out of the transfer deal citing rampant breach of terms stipulated in the deed of transfer.

“This is to inform you that I am under firm and clear instructions from His Excellency the governor as chief executive officer of the Nairobi City County Government not to provide any related information,” the letter reads.

The Treasury had first requested for the information in a letter by Joseph Welimo on behalf of the internal auditor.

In a follow-up letter, Welimo on Tuesday wrote to City Hall noting that the documents were yet to be submitted.

“Our letter was very clear on which information was required from the four departments and the ancillary services,” the letter read in part.

The required documents were to ensure the smooth transfer of the four functions taken over by the National Government.

The yet to be submitted documents include among others; legal framework, outstanding but collectable revenues, pay bill numbers, human resource data, vote book balance, pending bills and project status.

As it stands, the deed of transfer has failed to kick off without the necessary documentation with Sonko previously saying he is moving to court to pull out from the agreement.

The deal which was signed at the State House in Nairobi saw governor Sonko who is battling graft cases lose the reins on some key functions in running of the county.

Some county functions taken over by the NMS include health, transport, public works, planning and management and ancillary services transferred to the National Government.

Last week, Sonko with a change of heart took to Facebook rejecting the deed of transfer and claiming to have been misled.

He claimed that to date, he is yet to receive the deed of transfer documents, saying the transfer has been marred by frustrations and impunity

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