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Sonko slams PSC, Nairobi Metropolitan Services for ‘undermining’ him

by | Apr 5, 2020 | Counties | 0 comments

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has slammed Public Service Commission (PSC) and the newly formed Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) for undermining his authority.

Governor Sonko accused the Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairman Stephen Kirogo and NMS headed by Major General Mohamed Abdalla Badi over implementation of the Deed of Transfer of Functions that he signed on February 25, 2020, at State House.

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Foremost, I wish to register my great displeasure and disappointment, and that of the entire Nairobi City County Government, in the ATROCIOUS and REPUGNANT manner with which a few officials from the national government have chosen to pursue the implementation the Deed of Transfer of Functions that I signed on February 25, 2020, at State House Nairobi, and witnessed by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta,” read Sonko’s statement.

The misunderstanding came about when the PSC transferred over 6,052 county employees to the newly created  Nairobi Metropolitan Service.

The Public Service Commission Chairman Stephen Kirogo through a notice on Friday, April 3 said the 6052 county staff should report on Monday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 7 from 8:00 am-4:00 pm for documentation and collection of letters of secondment at the Kenyatta International Convention Center.

PSC further warned that action will be taken to the staff who will fail to show up.


Posted by Mike Sonko. on Saturday, 4 April 2020

In regard to the summon at the KICC, Sonko claimed that the PSC was putting the lives of the 6052 workers at risk by holding a public gathering at a time the country is battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Sonko through the letter nullified the meeting saying that the Nairobi Metropolitan Service should operate within its mandate and leave Nairobi County Public Service Board to notify employees of the purported secondment.

“As it stands, the responsibility still remains with the Nairobi County Public Service Board to notify its employees of the purported secondment. The Public Service Commission, on the other hand, should operate within its mandate, and can only second national government officers to the Nairobi Metropolitan Services.”

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Further, Sonko explained President Uhuru Kenyatta had directed a collaboration between his administration and NMS, adding there were people within the national government keen to undermine his authority.

“Clearly, there are few overzealous individuals within the national government who have been overtaken by excitement, and have chosen to break all known laws and the provisions of the Deed of Transfer, to pursue their narrow and myopic interests at the expense of the goodwill and good intentions held by the President and myself for the great people of Nairobi.

On March 18 2020, President Uhuru created NMS headed by Major General Mohamed Abdalla Badi and deputised by Enosh Onyango Momanyi.

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While commissioning NMS, the president directed the team to train its focus on operationalising effective garbage collection and disposal methods, dismantle cartels in management and distribution of water and revitalise the transport in the city.

“Over the next one 100 days the NMS (Nairobi Metropolitan Services) team should work closely with relevant institutions to establish the Railway City Development Authority and identify the anchor projects and investors for this redevelopment project,” said the president.


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