Blow to Sonko in bid to change Sh37.5 billion budget which favours Badi’s NMS
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has suffered a blow in his bid to amend the county’s Sh37.5 billion annual budget after Nairobi MCAs rejected his memorandum.
Mr Sonko refused to sign into law the Nairobi City County Appropriations Bill, 2020 that had been forwarded to him last month referring the bill back to the county assembly.
However, the ward representatives rejected all the amendments that had been put forward by the governor sticking to the original budget passed last month without any amendment.
The budget had allocated Sh27.1 billion to the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) for transferred functions leaving City Hall with a paltry Sh8.4 billion.
This is after 88 MCAs voted against the reservations raised by Mr Sonko, in the process reaching the two-thirds majority votes needed to reject the memorandum.
Nairobi County Assembly has 122 MCAs and two-thirds votes would mean 82 votes.
“The committee of the whole House has considered the reservations by the governor and overwhelmingly voted to reject them with 88 MCAs voting against it,” said Ruai MCA John Kamangu, the chair of the committee.