Nairobi Metropolitan Services Director-General, Lieutenant General Abdalla Badi, has confirmed he will start the process of handing over functions of the county government.
He made the announcement during the swearing in of new Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja, which was held at Kenya International Convention Center (KICC) on Thursday.
During his campaigns, Sakaja has expressed his intention to disband NMS immediately he assumed office and on Thursday he confirmed that he had held talks with Badi on the same.
On his Part, Maj Gen Badi lauded the work done by NMS during its two-year tenure.
“I am happy to report that NMS has accomplished all the tasks given to do within the two years. Any extra tasks that we have taken onboard, which are ongoing projects, I will be more than happy to hand over. We will start the process of handing over from next week,” said Maj Gen Badi.
The NMS boss congratulated the new governor and pledged to work with him to deliver.
He added, “As we wind up as NMS, I would like to personally and on behalf of NMS, pledge our support to the governor, we will always be available to work with you to make Nairobi great again.”
NMS was formed in March 2020 after then Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko signed the deed of transfer to the National Government in a ceremony attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The Badi-led NMS then took over the Health, Transport, Public works and Planning as well as Development Services to be overseen by the National Government through the entity.
In March 2022, immediate former Nairobi Governor Ann Kananu extended the term of NMS by six months from February 25, 2022 to August 24, 2022 ahead of the General Election.
It was at the time made clear that upon the expiry of the tenure of NMS, there would be a handover period of three months after a new Nairobi County boss is sworn in to office.
“The parties herein shall within seven days of assumption of office of the Governor form a joint committee to oversee the handover process,” the contract read.
Kananu, on her part, has appealed City Hall employees to welcome and work with Sakaja to ensure the city county residents are better served as his five-year tenure commences.