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KSh 27 billion allocated to Nairobi Metropolitan Service as tussle with City Hall intensifies

by | May 21, 2020 | Counties | 0 comments

The newly formed Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) will now be receiving budgetary allocations directly from the National Treasury under the office of the President.

This means that NMS will no longer depend on the Nairobi County government for its funding.

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Putting it into motion, the National Treasury allocated KSh 27.9 billion to NMS for its operations in the coming 2020/2021 financial year.

National Treasury CS Ukur Yatani said that NMS needed KSh 18.6 billion for recurrent expenditure and KSh 9.32 billion for development expenditure in the national government’s budget estimates for the financial year ending on June 30, 2021.

Yatani on April 29, 2020 submitted budget estimates for the 2020/2021 financial year to the National Assembly but had not included the NMS funding.

On May 14, the CS wrote a later to National Assembly Clerk Michael Sialai indicating inclusion of NMS in the budget explaining that the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua submitted the budget estimates for NMS later after the Treasury’s submission to parliament, prompting the proposed amendment.

“The Head of Public Service submitted the Budget Estimates for Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) after our submission to parliament. In this regard we request for inclusion of NMS budget Estimates in the National Government Budget under the Presidency,” reads Yatani’s letter in part.

This new development comes at a time when the Major General Mohammed Badi complained over lack of enough funds to run the county.

He added that NMS has been forced to operate on a low budget over the ongoing tussle between the NMS and City Hall over allocation of funds.

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko had refused to approve the County Supplementary Appropriation Bill of 2020 which had allocated money for the NMS accusing MCAs of allocating money to NMS for some functions that were never transferred to the national government.

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