It’s now official State House has effected total coup at City Hall with the Nairobi Metropolitan Services now set to fully take charge of renewal of land leases and approval of building plans.
This is a major setback against Nairobi City Governor Mike Sonko since he’s still the constitutionally recognized Governor until 2022.
The take over of the Urban Planning Department by NMS is a major win for the president’s Delivery Unity that is coming up with major construction programs under the Big Four agenda and also the construction of Northlands City along Eastern bypass. The city will require major approvals from City Hall. NMS is expected to fast track the approvals.
Among the services transferred to NMS led by Major General Mohamed Badi is development applications, building plans, change of user, extension of user, subdivision and amalgamation, advertisements, extension and renewal of leases.
The Nairobi Metropolitan Service is now emerging as the official new cashcow in town for vicious state cartels even as the country grapples with the hard-hitting effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The ExpressDaily is privy to information indicating how state officers in various ministries are lobbying to have their proxies handed contracts to undertake projects for the NMS.
Sonko signed the Deed of Transfer of some county functions to the National Government but he has since changed his mind and he wants the courts to reverse the move that has been heavily criticized by proponents of devolution.
According to critics, the Kenyatta’s want sewage for the Northland “city”. So theyseized the Ruai land and the Embakasi land.
They need massive housing projects, so they want to have the Planning Department so that they pay NO fees for the development approvals for their Northlands “city”. Just like they got the former CS to give them a Ksh. 350 million waiver during the NIC bank take over