Sonko okays allocation of Sh3.5 billion to NMS, ending 2-month standoff

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The standoff in the city over the funding of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) is finally over.

This is after Governor Mike Sonko assented to the Nairobi City County Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2020 on Wednesday (June 3).

The Bill, which allocates Sh3.5 billion to the newly-created NMS, was passed by the County Assembly on Tuesday (June 2), with Nairobians finally expected to receive key services after a two-month standoff.

“I have today assented to the Nairobi City County Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2020. The Bill was passed yesterday by the County Assembly, and brings to an end the stand off that we witness in April,” tweeted Governor Sonko.

The General Mohamed Badi-led NMS is expected to utilise Sh2.25 billion for recurrent expenditure and Sh1.25 billion for development expenditure, for the period ending June 30, 2020. 

In April, Governor Sonko threatened to backtrack from the agreement which transferred four key functions from the county government to the National Government, a deal that was brokered by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

At the time, Sonko claimed that there is a plot to frustrate him into quitting his office.

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