Nairobi County needs a shift in management strategy
SEE ALSO :Sonko’s Sh96m budget exposedPublic Accounts Committee (PAC) report tabled in the Nairobi County Assembly revealed a loss of over Sh1.2 billion in street parking revenue annually through rogue attendants and corruption loops. The report shows 40 percent of people parking in Nairobi do not pay. Mabatini MCA Wilfred Odalo observed that close to 11,000 clamped cars are released without paying the county release fee. Parking fees had contributed Sh787.3 million by the end of the first half of FY 2017/18, a decline from the Sh1.9 billion in 2016/17. This despite the Sonko administration basing their campaign on anti-curruption and criticizing former Governor Evans Kidero for skin-deep corruption. The situation at City Hal shows Dr Kidero actually performed better. Revenue collected from single business permits at the end of the first half of 2017/18 realised only 10 per cent of the annual target of Sh3.6 billion. The Sonko administration has been put on the spot for not cancelling JamboPay contract, which has been implicated in other revenue collection compromises, including at the NHIF.
SEE ALSO :City Hall on the spot over title deedsSonko management skills have also been questioned due to the large number of County Executives resigning leaving only 3 CECs in the county which has operated without a Deputy Governor after the resignation of Polycarp Igathe. Former Nairobi Education executive Janet Ouko revealed how the county is run by an emotional governor who threatens all his workers and has created an environment not conducive for productive work. The disorganization is largely a result of the governor over-relying on a close circle advisers. It won’t be surprising to discover that that some of the county revenue is used to reward the ever growing work force at Sonko Rescue team who do county duties already allocated to county workers. In the process cartels aligned to the governor has taken over toilet management and running of bus termini. The powerful county secretary, Pauline Kahiga, is trying to clean the mess in administration at the City Hall. The young lady needs Sonko’s confidence and support to streamline operations. Nairobi is experiencing drugs shortage in public hospitals. The explanation that the number of patients have increased hence the shortfall doesn’t hold water as this should have been anticipated.