Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has surrendered key county functions to the National Government, in the wake of corruption charges facing him.
Witnessed by President Uhuru and Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, Sonko and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa signed an agreement at State House, handing over the crucial functions of Health, transport, public works and planning to the National Government.
Yesterday, Council of Governors chairman Wycliffe Oparanya explained the deal had effectively rendered Sonko a ”governor without portfolio”.He explained that by voluntarily surrendering major functions that generate high revenue for the county, Sonko will have minimal areas to control.
He added that CoG is waiting to look at the agreement signed between the governor and the national government and that the deal reached the State House is provided for in law.
The county government will now be run by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government in unprecedented development since the establishment of the 47 counties.
State House said the government will take over county health services, county transport services, county public works, utilities, and ancillary services as well as county government planning and development.