Kananu stresses on need to work with NMS in first meeting

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 00:00 | By
Outgoing Nairobi Governor Anne Kananu Mwenda. PHOTO/File

Acting Nairobi governor Ann Kananu yesterday held her first meeting with Nairobi County Executive Committee (CEC) members as she moved to stamp her authority at City Hall.

During the meeting, she received a status update on the performance of all the county sectors during the current financial year and also reviewed ongoing programs.

Addressing the CECs, Kananu stressed the need to work hand in hand with the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) and other stakeholders.

“Our challenges are many, politics notwithstanding. But my priority is to ensure we start a journey towards making Nairobi a better city for all of us by building working partnerships and relationships with our partners who include; the national government, NMS, Kenya Revenue Authority,” she said.

And in a bid to improve the working relationship with the NMS, Kananu will today hand over to the Mohamed Badi led entity all files for pending bills of all contracts transferred from the county government.

 Yesterday’s was the first time the Cabinet was meeting in over a year. The last time it met under the chairmanship of   former Governor Mike Sonko, was in 2019, before he was barred from accessing office by the court.

After tomorrow’s hand-over of files to the NMS, the Cabinet will proceed to Mombasa for a meeting with the Badi-led team to formulate a service delivery strategy for the county.

The Mombasa retreat will be the second, following the first one which was also held in Mombasa last week to discuss the state of city county affairs.

“We will be travelling to Mombasa after the meeting to meet NMS guys. The meeting will revolve around how best we can collaborate in service delivery in the city, issues around the transferred functions and other teething problems currently facing the county,” said a source who attended yesterday’s meeting.

The county government is also expected to kick-off a public participation exercise to gather Nairobians’ views on the state of service delivery in the capital.

In a joint public notice, acting County Secretary Jairus Musumba and speaker Benson Mutura said the exercise will be held across all 17 sub-Counties.

“It is notified for the information of the general public that the Nairobi City county government and the County Assembly Pursuant to Article 10 of the Constitution and provisions of the County Governments Act, 2012 section 6, the public is hereby invited to submit memorandum or representations on the state of service delivery across Nairobi County,” the notice read.

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