Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko has now reached out to former premier Raila Odinga for help in his unending battle with the State over the takeover of Nairobi County government functions.

The governor has called on the ODM Party leader as well as Chief Justice David Maraga and the Senate to intervene and end the incessant wrangles at the county.

Governor Sonko, who has been in an on and off battle with Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Director General Mohammed Badi and unnamed individuals from the National Government since April, appealed for urgent intervention to avert Nairobi County from going burst.

“My humble appeal now goes to the honourable chief justice, the Senate and Raila Odinga as great defenders of devolution in this country. We need your urgent intervention and rich wisdom in this crisis before the County cripples down and is taken away by selfish individuals,” said Mr Sonko.

He raised concerns that service delivery in the capital has been affected through greed, selfishness, diversionary tactics and smear campaigns currently being witnessed at the county.

Going against the spirit of the Deed of Transfer of functions

With no love lost between the City Hall chief and Major General Badi, the former Nairobi Senator accused Mr Badi of being partisan in his conduct going against the spirit of the Deed of Transfer of functions “which was to complement and not compete with my administration”.

Governor Sonko signed the Deed of Transfer on February 25, 2020, at the height of a spirited push by MCAs to remove him from office, handing over four functions of transport, health, public works, utilities and ancillary services, and county planning and development to the State.

“I thought they will focus on main areas where I needed help like addressing the decongestion, management and implementation of modern traffic and transport infrastructure system among other important areas to the benefit of the public in terms of service delivery and in accordance with Article 187(2)b,” said Mr Sonko.

“However, NMS led by General Badi has conducted itself in a partisan political manner against the Deed of Transfer which was to complement and not compete with my administration.”

He claimed that the current crisis being witnessed at the county government is being driven by “dark forces in the system” with the aim of actualising a complete takeover of the county government.

“The crisis and division being witnessed is sadly being created by some dark forces in the System who are doing divide and rule tactics so that they have a complete takeover of the county through the back door, I promise you, very soon the truth shall be known to all,” said the governor.