A political showdown is looming in the city capital between Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko ,Nairobi County Assembly and the Office of the President following governor’s move to reject the ‘ president’s’ budget referring it back to the county assembly of Nairobi.
But the MCAs led by Minority Whip Peter Imwatok have taken issue with the governor saying he is using the budget tactic to delay Nairobi Metropolitan Services and to paralyse the assembly operations and president’s agenda.
‘’He did this in the other financial year after we passed the supplementary budget but we know he is using it to paralyse the assembly and NMS which in the last 6 months through Major Badi NMS has done a lot … we shall not allow Sonko to use this assembly as a rubber stamp,’’ he said.
In his memorandum to the assembly Sonko cited illegalities and inconsistencies contained in the budget that was passed by MCAs on October 8.
“In this regard, the overall budget was increased from Sh 31.43 billion to Sh37.45 billion, a whopping 19.3% increase against the 1% provided for in law,” said Sonko.
He said besides creating a budget deficit of Sh5.9 billion contrary to Section 129 (c) of the Public Finance Management Act, some members made illegal amendments to the original Bill.
The Mcas will now choose whether to push the President’s agenda by sticking to the proposals from State House or go the governor’s way.