Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant Timothy Wanyonyi now want Nairobi Metropolitan Services term to end by March as stipulated in the Deed of Transfer without further extension.
Wanyonyi argues that all functions transferred to NMS were devolved and should be maintained as such.
Aspirants have been shelving their bids in fear that the NMS deal with County Government of Nairobi may be extended leaving Cityhall with less budget and power to control the city as witnessed since its inception.
‘’Nairobi Metropolitan Services by law , will not be extended ,it is over. Nairobians were not consulted fully. They must return those functions because they have been devolved … former governor Mike Sonko is the one who blessed them with those functions not us and they should be surrendered without further extensions..,” Wanyonyi said.
Nairobi Metropolitan Services was established in March 2020, and President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Mohammed Badi as its Director-General, handing him the transferred county functions.
Badi’s office has a tenure of 24 months, ending in March, 2022, less than six months to the general elections. Functions that were taken over include health, transport, public works, utilities and ancillary and planning for two years (renewable).
Meanwhile Wanyonyi has be traversing Nairobi popularizing his gubernatorial bid on Orange Democratic Party ticket before official launch early November.
Last week he met Luhya grassroots leaders at St Benedict Thika Road Ruaraka where he asked them to support his bid.
‘‘We discussed this with Baba and he gave me go-ahead and so far am the only ODM aspirant who has announced interest for this seat,’’ he told the media.
‘‘I was in Cityhall before and I have a vast experience in City Hall leadership and I have what it takes to ensure the billions budget Nairobi gets is utilized properly,’’he added.
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BY ALLAN OTIENO