Kenya: Sonko Says He Initiated Nairobi Takeover Talks

27 February 2020

Nairobi — Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has defended his decision to surrender key county functions to the national government.

Sonko said he initiated the talks that led to the signing of the controversial deal Tuesday at State House, Nairobi before President Uhuru Kenyatta, in what has sparked mixed reactions.

"I initiated discussions with the National Government with a view of finding a sustainable approach to service delivery that leverages both on the County and National resources and competencies," Sonko said in a statement.

Sonko said he first sought to establish how other jurisdictions globally managed key counties or regions such as Nairobi which is the country's seat of power.

"My Government set out on a fact-finding mission that saw us benchmark and take lessons from other jurisdictions across the world including Washington DC in the US and Abuja in Nigeria," he said.

Following the bench-marking missions, the controversial Governor who is facing corruption charges and is currently out on bond said that "it was established that cities and metropolis, the size of Nairobi, are best served jointly by devolved units and Central Governments".

Sonko said once the deal sets in motion, city residents will be able to see immense change in service delivery.

Describing the deal as "historic", Sonko said the partnership will help "reposition Nairobi as the economic hub of the region".

"As part of this renewed agenda and purpose, my Government will ensure that Nairobi regains its famed status as the "Green City in the Sun" among other targets that we have set for ourselves," he said.

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: Capital FM

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.