Nairobi Metropolitan Services Hands over Power to Nairobi County Government

The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS has transferred all its functions to the Nairobi County Government upon signing a Deed of Transfer of functions with the county government.

Nairobi Metropolitan Services Hands over Power to Nairobi County Government
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 Governor Johnson Sakaja on Friday took full charge of Nairobi County government affairs. 

 This comes after the governor signed the Deed of Transfer as Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) reverted key functions including Health, Transport and Planning to the county government of Nairobi.

NMS headed by Director- General Maj Gen. Mohamed Badi came into place after the signing of a Deed of Transfer of functions between the national government, through the Ministry of Devolution, and the Nairobi County government through the erstwhile Governor Mike Sonko on February 25, 2020.

 The NMS was charged to handle issues related to health, environment, water, sanitation and energy; planning and development; and transport, public works, utilities and ancillary services.

 Former President Uhuru Kenyatta established NMS on March 17, 2020 to take charge of the transferred functions on behalf of the national government.

While handing over, The Director of Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Mohammed Badi has said he is a happy man and fully satisfied that he has achieved the purpose for which President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed him.

“I am happy to report that NMS has accomplished all the tasks given to do within the two years. We shall hand over the functions back to the county government with our heads held high,” said Badi.

The handing over ceremony marks the end of a tumultuous yet fruitful journey under his stewardship.

The establishment of NMS in 2020 stemmed from wrangles that had paralysed operations at the County government owing to a standoff between then Governor Mike Sonko and Members of the County Assembly (MCAs).

The wrangles were aggravated by a financial crisis due to low revenue collection and alleged cartels looting the county’s coffers.

As he exits, Badi says that running Nairobi was one of the most difficult assignments in his military career.

“I have been running Nairobi County for the last two years. It has been a challenging job especially if you are a military man and you are given a political position. It was a hot seat since I was running the capital city of Kenya where services had been run down," he said adding that, “It’s one of the most difficult tasks I have ever been given as compared to the Sierra Leone Peacekeeping Mission. From day one, you start fighting with politicians and those who think they own the city and up to now the fight is not over."