Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) boss Major General Mohamed Badi. PHOTO/COURTESY
By CITY CORRESPONDENT
Nairobi MCAs have hailed the new found rapport between Governor Mike Sonko and Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) boss Major General Mohamed Badi and promised to rally behind them.
The legislators expressed optimism that the County government will now operate in peace and realize unprecedented progress if the two leaders work together.
According to Kariobangi South MCA Robert Mbatia, all that was needed was order and the desire to serve without much politics.
“Nairobi needs to be developed. We have lost a lot of time fighting and now we have to reduce the politics and take development to the people,” he said.
Mr Mbatia noted that the newly elected County Speaker Benson Mutura will help to inject harmony and peace among MCAS and consequently enable them to serve Nairobi residents without wrangling.
Mr Anthony Kiragu of Waithaka ward said the longevity of the truce between the Governor and NMS director will depend on consistent adherence to the rule of law by every party as defined by the Constitution and the deed of transfer of functions.
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko during a tour of Mukuru Kwa Reuben on August 13, 2020. PHOTO/GPS
“It is a good start point that gives us room to start a realistic conversation that will create understanding and specifically respect for the law,” Mr Kiragu said.
Minority Whip Peter Imwatok also hailed the move, noting that it is a good sign for the county that everyone can sacrifice their pride and decide to work for the residents.
“All we need is honesty and commitment from the Governor and the Director General that they will not turn their back on the promise they have made to Nairobi people,” Imwatok said.
Badi and Sonko announced their commitment to work together last week after attending an event hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta at KICC.
Gov Sonko later toured six wards among them Mukuru Kwa Njenga, Mukuru Kayaba and parts of Kariokor.
At the same time, Mr Sonko has pledged to put development and Nairobians interests as his main agenda.
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko at the graveside of the late Patrick Mwangangi the city county procurement director in Kyanika village Kitui county. PHOTO/GPS
The Governor who was Speaking at Reuben FM said he will embark on a tours in different wards in Nairobi County to inspect development projects and listen to the views of city residents on how to improve service delivery.
“My main focus at the moment is to continue improving provision of health services to the people of Nairobi by refurbishing and equipping all the health centres within the city,” he said.
The governor was accompanied by several MCAs among them Kyalo Mulyungi (Mukuru kwa Njenga), Evans Otiso (Mukuru Kwa Rueben), Wilson Ochola (Utalii Ward), Redson Otieno (Ngei), David Mbithi (Viwandani).
Speaking during the burial of Patrick Mwangangi who was county procurement director in Kyanika village, Kitui county, Mr Sonko said for Nairobi County to realize development there must be cooperation and harmony among all stakeholders.
“We must move in one direction as leaders and keep reminding ourselves the famous quote by former US president George bush, “You’re either with us, or against us” if we are really keen in serving Nairobi people,” he said.
The Governor was accompanied by several MCAs and other county officials.
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