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City residents to give views on transfer of key county functions

By Josphat Thiongo | March 4th 2020

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka witness the signing of an agreement that handed over the functions of the Nairobi County to the National government at State House, Nairobi last week. [File, Standard]

Nairobi residents will today begin giving their views on a decision to transfer key county functions to the national government.

In a notice published in local dailies yesterday, a public participation meeting on the transfer deal will be held at the Kenya School of Government, Lower Kabete Campus, from 9am to 1pm.

“The Nairobi City County Assembly is agreeable and partners with the Ministry of Devolution to invite residents of Nairobi City County and all members of the public to submit their views and comments on the Deed of Transfer of Functions to the Cabinet Secretary,” read part of the notice

Last week, the national government took over four county functions - health, transport, public works and planning.

Governor Mike Sonko and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa signed the deed of transfer at State House witnessed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Residents will also have an opportunity to attend ward-based forums which will take place today across the 17 sub-counties.

People in Dagoretti North will converge at Muslim Primary School, while those in Dagoretti South can give their views at the Waithaka Social Hall.

Embakasi Central residents can attend the meeting at Katole II Social Hall, while their Embakasi North counterparts will engage in public participation at the Dandora III Social Hall.

Those residing in Embakasi South can give their views at Mukuru Health Centre, Imara Daima.

Those in Embakasi East will meet at Embakasi Social Hall, and those in Embakasi West can meet at the Sub-county Administration Grounds in Umoja I.

Makadara residents will have an opportunity to present their views at Makadara Jericho Social Hall, Ruaraka residents at the Ruaraka Resource Centre, and those at Roysambu at Kahawa West market parking area.

Those in Kasarani will submit their views at Maji Mazuri. Those in Kamukunji at Eastleigh North Social Hall, Lang'ata at Karen Social Hall and Mathare at Undugu Social Hall.

Kibra residents will present their views at Joseph Kang'ethe Social Hall, Woodley Grounds.

Westlands residents will converge at Parklands Day Nursery School, while people in Starehe will meet at Kariokor Social Hall.

City Hall sources said the decision by Mr Sonko to surrender key county functions to the national government was considered the least disruptive of the options available in addressing the county crisis .

Other options were the dissolution of the county or Sonko's impeachment.

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