“WHY I HANDED OVER THE CITY”SONKO CLAIMS
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has defended his decision to hand over some county functions to the national government.
In a statement posted in the wee hours of Thursday morning, Sonko - who is facing Graft charges in the high court - said the needs of Nairobi County are unique likened to other devolved units. "My government set out on a fact-finding mission that saw us benchmark and take lessons from other jurisdictions across the world including Washington DC in the US and Abuja in Nigeria. From these case studies, we established that cities and metropolis the size of Nairobi are best served jointly by devolved units and central governments," he said.
He claims that with this in mind, and in his capacity as governor, he initiated discussions with the national government with a view to approaching service delivery with both county and State resources.
The tormented Governor-Hon Mbuvi-says he is persuaded that the agreement, which he signed in the presence of President Uhuru Kenyatta and devolution Cabinet secretary, will not only help in enhancing service delivery in the cosmopolitan city but also transpose Nairobi as the region's economic center. His deeds actually depict that he had good plans for the embattled city although he is challenged currently.