President Uhuru Kenyatta has officially signed an Executive Order 1 of 2020, placing the newly formed Nairobi Metropolitan Service under the office of the President.
The decision to place NMS under the office of the President now shows that the protests by the Governor for Nairobi Mike Sonko are just kicks of a dying horse and that Nairobi is no longer under his control.
The move also means that State House will be directly in charge of Nairobi although a section of Kenyans thinks the city will now be plundered like never before. It is not, however, clear where this move leaves the county assembly of Nairobi.
Here is the order:
Governor Mike Sonko maintains that he was blackmailed into signing a Deed of Transfer without even knowing what it contains. “I was told it was for the good of the people of Nairobi. And I signed,” he said.
“Remember that the new Executive Order has added Nairobi Metropolitan Service as a public office making Nairobi now officially under President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta. Remember Nairobi controls close to ‘half’ of Kenya’s GDP,” said one Kenyan, Bravin Yuri, on Twitter.
What is the role of Governor Mike Sonko? What is the role of the county assembly of Nairobi?
In the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Report, there is a proposal to abolish Nairobi County Government and in its place have it under the national government. Is the BBI already being implemented even before a referendum? Time will tell.
In the new Executive Order, President Uhuru Kenyatta also abolished the term PRESIDENCY and replaced it with the Executive Office of the President. The office of the Deputy President has also been placed under the office of the President.
With the changes happening behind the curtains, by the time Covid-19 will be over, Kenyans will wake up to a whole new reality.