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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has launched a scathing attack at the Nairobi Metropolitan Services 9NMS) over what he terms as lazy, escapist, and insensitive character.
In a statement seen by TV47 Digital on Tuesday, September 29, the county boss criticised the NMS for blaming him for the Pumwani Maternity incident where a mother gave birth right in front of the hospital’s gate.
According to Sonko, it is now a norm for the General Mohamed Badi-led agency to provide the public with petty excuses to cover up for their gross incompetence and ineptitude.
“I find it strange and ridiculous that they have been throwing around funny figures to entertain the public while creating the impression that I have “refused” to fund the NMS,” says Sonko.
Governor Sonko adds: “The NMS is fully aware of the fact that THERE IS NO LAW IN KENYA that allows a County Government to finance the operations of the Office of the President where they are domiciled. As such, resorting to cheap blackmail will not solve the legal challenges before us, and trying to paint my administration as failed will not cure their incompetence.”
Sonko’s allegations against NMS
In a strongly-worded statement, Sonko has accused NMS of making illicit arrangements to pay staff and in the event, “they paid salaries to dead people and retirees”, returning Nairobi to the culture of paying ghost workers.
Sonko insists that all staff seconded to the county by any agency, NMS included, should be employees of the Nairobi County Public Service Board.
The embattled governor has further played down NMS’s improvements in the city, saying that his administration was the one that awarded the contracts for the same projects even before the agency existed.
“Garbage has been piling up across many parts of the City, the lethargy that I had eliminated in our public healthcare sector has been reintroduced, the Pumwani incident being a case at hand, and overall service delivery has been hampered due to the confusion they have introduced, as they continue to pursue petty politics that are not adding any value to Nairobi residents,” notes Sonko.
Health funds impasse
NMS has accused Governor Sonko of withholding up to Sh253 million meant for health facilities in the city, with Sonko rubbishing the claims.
According to Sonko, nobody knows how NMS is being funded and whether it has bank accounts, and if yes, who are the signatories of the same accounts.
Sonko says that his administration is confused if it is supposed to wire money to Director-General Badi’s personal accounts or his M-Pesa?
Sonko rues that his administration is being pressured by the Auditor General and the Ministry of Health to account for over Sh294 million meant to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Nairobi, yet the money was illicitly allocated to the NMS.
“Over and above that, my administration paid over 120 Million Shillings to our health workers in July this year, following the Presidential directive to motivate those on the frontline in battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the issue of lack of support and cooperation from my administration does not arise,” concluded Sonko.