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Sonko’s woes worsen after government issues new directive

Embattled Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko’s woes continue as the government wrote to him with new demands following his impeachment on Thursday the 3rd of December 2020.

Treasury CS Ukur Yatani wrote to Sonko, directing him to immediately release the county funds to the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS). The CS also added that he had come up with a new legal framework following his impeachment.

The framework will guide the embattled governor in transferring the funds and saving NMS from any financial crisis. NMS is currently undergoing plight as projects stall with employees not yet receiving their salaries.

In September 2020, CS Yatani had declined NMS’ request to have Sonko transfer funds to Badi. The treasury head had explained that he needed a legal framework and base before he could request for such a move.

Sworn enemies with NMS.

Reports indicate that Sonko continued adding wood to his impeachment fire with his continuous wars with NMS.

The most recent war with NMS saw Sonko refusing to sign the Nairobi County Financial budget. The budget had allocated ksh 27.1 billion out of the available ksh 37.5 billion to NMS.

Sonko had refused to sign the budget, further claiming that NMS had taken money meant for Nairobi residents and children. He also insisted that the Nairobi County government has pending projects that it needs to complete.

CS Yatani had, however, urged Sonko to sign the budget as soon as possible and minimize the friction between the two parties.

Following the stalemate, City Hall staff, county assembly staff, and MCAs have not received their pay for the last two months. There was also a possibility of the team going for another six months without pay if Sonko would have refused to sign the budget.

Embattled Governor Sonko had not yet responded to CS Yattani’s directive by the time of publishing this article.

Should the Senate decide to send Sonko home, Nairobi County Speaker Benson Mutura will hold the position for 90 days. Afterward, the county will hold a by-election where they will choose their new leader.

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