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Sonko ends Fight with Nairobi Metropolitan Service

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko signing the Nairobi City County Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2020

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has ended a standoff over funding with the newly created metropolitan authority.

He ended the impasse after assenting to the Nairobi City County Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2020ending a two-month long standoff.

“I have today (Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020) assented to the Nairobi City County Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2020,” Sonko, who had declined to approve a Sh15 billion budget, stated.

The Bill was was assented after it was passed on Tuesday, June 2nd by the Nairobi County Assembly allocates Sh3.5 billion to the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) headed by Director General Mohamed Badi.

NMS’s budget includes Sh2.25 billion for recurrent expenditure and Sh1.25 billion for development expenditure for the current financial year ending on June 30.

The Governor had rejected the initial budget in April, claiming the Supplementary Bill submitted for his assent had approved funds that were not meant for the transferred functions.

ADVERTISEMENT. SCROLL TO CONTINUE READING.Sonko said the proposed allocations were contrary to the Deed of Transfer he signed on February 26.

Sonko however asked the Nairobi Metropolitan Services to adhere to the deed of transfer which he signed in February, under which he ceded some county functions to the metropolitan authority.

The Governor transferred four key functions – Health, transport, public works and planning, and development services – whose budgets and resources now fall under the control of the Badi-led agency.

The move was meant to ensure smooth running of services in Nairobi County, at a time when the Governor has been barred from accessing his office at City Hall over graft charges over graft charges.

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Wildlife Victims Compensated

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Tourism minister Najib Balala presents compensation cheque of Isiolo residents attacked by wild animals to County Commissioner Herman Shambi in the presence of Governor Mohamed Kuti. PHOTO | COURTESY
The government has paid out  Ksh6.7 million compensation to 12 Isiolo residents who were injured by wild animals between 2014 and 2017.
Two of the beneficiaries were attacked by crocodiles along the banks of Ewaso Nyiro River, one person was injured by a buffalo while nine suffered snake bites.
The victims will receive an average of slightly over Ksh.550,000 each to help them recover from the inconveniences caused as a result of the injuries.
Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala revealed that the government had earlier paid Ksh.45 million to nine Isiolo families who lost their loved ones due to wildlife attacks, acknowledging that the government still has a backlog of Ksh.6 billion in unpaid claims across the country.
The CS presented the compensation cheque to Isiolo County Commissioner Herman Shambi, who chairs the County Compensation Committee, in the presence of CAS Joseph Boinnet, PS Fred Segor, Isiolo Governor Mohamed Kuti and other leaders.

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MP Tim Wanyonyi Commissions Upgrade of Kabete PAG Access Road

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Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi (Left) flanked by Engineer Samuel Kinyanjui while commissioning the upgrading of Kabete PAG Access Road in Westlands on Monday, June 29, 2020
Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi (Left) flanked by Constituency Roads Officer Engineer Samuel Kinyanjui while commissioning upgrade of Kabete PAG Access Road to Concrete Pavement on Monday, June 29, 2020. PHOTO| TIM SANDE

Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi has officially commissioned the upgrade of Kabete PAG access Road to carbro standard.

Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA) is undertaking the upgrade of Kabete PAG access road. The Constituency Roads Board are in charge of the implementation of the project.

Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi addressing residents of Loresho Green area while commissioning the upgrade of Kabete PAG Access road on Monday, June 29, 2020.

Addressing residents outside the Loresho Green apartments, Mr Wanyonyi said the road will open up the area. He added that the road will ease movement to Kabete PAG Church which has been a challenge for a long time.

“The carbro will be of good service and is easy to maintain. I promised to deliver this road and it has come to pass,” said Mr Wanyonyi.

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Additionally, the upgrade is to be completed by August.

Northern Ways Construction are building the 286 m road which will have a width of 6 metres and will carry two lanes. At least KES 7 million is set aside for the upgrade.

On March 5, 2020 the legislator commissioned tamarcking of sports club access road in Parklands.

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MP Tim Wanyonyi Distributes Food to 300 Kangemi Families

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Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi (Left) hands over a food hamper to Mercy Achieng (Right) from Kangemi while flanked with Koki Abisi (Centre) from Yoga Heart Kenya
Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi (Left) hands over a food hamper to Mercy Achieng (Right) from Kangemi while flanked with Koki Abisi (Centre) from Yoga Heart Kenya.

Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi has distributed food and essential items to 300 families from Kangemi. This is to cushion vulnerable families from effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have been addressing the plight of many people, whenever we get food aid, we deliver to them. It is not easy to lead hungry constituents. I have been sourcing for assistance from different resourceful organizations and people. We hope to feed many more families in our initiative,” said Tim Wanyonyi.

This was made possible by Yoga Heart who donated 200 hampers while Team Pankaj gave 100 food packs.

The food distribution events are the latest in a series of initiatives in which the legislator has engaged since the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION TO 10,000 VULNERABLE FAMILIES
The legislator has during the last three months provided dry relief food to more than 10,000 families across the constituency.

He has embraced a non-contact food distribution technique  to reach out to vulnerable families in his drives.

COVID-19 AID TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The soft-spoken MP has also donated food hampers to support at least 200 people with disabilities in Westlands.

WALK THROUGH SANITIZATION BOOTH

Similarly, the legislator has installed a sanitization booth in Kangemi market. Buyers and sellers can pass through the booth. The booth contains a disinfectant that kills the virus responsible for the virus.

200 FOOT OPERATED HAND WASHING STATIONS

Additionally, the legislated also donated 200-foot operated hand washing stations across the constituency.

GITHOGORO FREE TAP WATER PROJECT TO 15,000 RESIDENTS

Furthermore, in Githogoro slums, the legislator partnered with Centum to provide free supply of clean tap water to  15,000 residents.

The beneficiaries thanked the MP for the support saying it was a good example of what the other leaders should do.

The Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi said the work of fighting the adverse effects of Covid-19 should not be left to the government alone. 

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