Nairobians were yesterday bewildered by the sudden news that their County had been handed over to National Government in pursuant of pursuant to Article 187 of the Constitution. While the county has not been at its best in the face of devolution, with its leadership under scrutiny, this agreement has got many conflicted about its aftermath.
Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa in the presence of H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta signed a landmark agreement to hand over functions of the Nairobi County Government to the National Government. The National Government, therefore, will take over the following functions of the Nairobi County Government, to ensure that the Nairobians still receive services effectively.
- County Transport services
- County Public Works, Utilities and Ancillary services
- County Government Planning and Development
- County Health Services
This means that all funds allocated to health services, urban planning, transport services and public works will be surrenders to the National Government. The transferred functions will be financed from both the Consolidated Fund and the County Revenue Fund.
Two weeks six days from today, (February 25) the handover shall be effected. The national government shall remain in force for a period of two years, a period which is renewable. The county assembly shall be notified of the transfer of functions and city residents taken through the takeover through public participation. Once the deed of transfer is effected, the National Government and Nairobi County Government shall table an annual report to Parliament and the County Assembly on the implementation of the agreement.
This agreement is binding and neither of the party can make any changes unless otherwise.