Nairobi, 30th September 2022
Today marked the end of Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) operations in the City of Nairobi as the National Government handed back to Nairobi City County Government its transferred functions following the Deed of Transfer in 2020.
The handing over ceremony was witnessed by Nairobi City County Deputy Governor Njoroge Muchiri, outgoing Cabinet Secretary for Devolution Eugene Wamalwa, Attorney General Paul Kihara Kariuki, State House Comptroller Kinuthia Mbugua and Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee Chair Kithinji Kiragu among other Senior National and County Government Officers.
Governor Sakaja during the handover of the deeds of transfer to his government
Governor Sakaja commended Lt. General Mohammed Badi and NMS for doing a job well done in improving the city despite the many challenges. Governor Sakaja said his administration would retain all the staff in the NMS workforce.
Said Governor Sakaja, “There will be no former NMS staff or former County Government staff. You are all one and together we will work towards strengthening Nairobi City County Government. Together we will ensure Nairobi not only works, but becomes a City of Dignity and order, Hope and Opportunity for all.”
The Governor promised that there would be huge changes in the city, adding that discussions are going on to find lasting solutions for the better management, collection and disposal of solid waste. The Governor said that the youth would be greatly involved and engaged.
Further, the Governor mentioned that his government was currently working with partners to engage in a series of tree planting exercise in an effort to bringing back Nairobi to the green city in the sun status.
Governor Sakaja also said plans to engage traders are underway for order to prevail in the city and also ensure allocation of proper space for traders to conduct their businesses. The county boss promised to revive the central garage. Governor Sakaja also added that the County would work with the Kenya Defence Forces where there was need.
The NMS Director General highlighted the milestones achieved in all the four transferred functions under his leadership. Lt. General Badi said it was a big honour serving the people of Nairobi. He thanked the County government for supporting NMS and citizens for trusting in him.
Nairobi metropolitan services director Lt. General Mohamed Badi during the handover of the deeds of transfer to NCC government
The outgoing Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa was happy to see the transferred functions return to its rightful owners. Said CS Wamalwa, “The National Government came in to assist the County government because there was total paralysis of services and leadership. The people of Nairobi now have an able Governor and a to serve them.” CS Wamalwa urged Governor Sakaja not to hesitate to consult with Lt. General Badi.
IGTRC Chair Mr. Kithinji Kiragu said that the Kenyan constitution calls for the county and national Governments to work together for better services to its citizens.
The transferred functions according to the Deed of Transfer of 2020 include; Health Services, Roads, Transport and Public Works, utilities and ancillary and Planning and Development.