Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has issued orders to cancel procurement of official vehicles for top county staff.
Sonko says the Sh400 million budgets allocated for the purchase of top range vehicles in the 2019/2020 financial year will now be diverted for the purchase of ambulances for Nairobi County health centers, construction of roads and regeneration of Nairobi River.
The Governor has said for the interest of Nairobi residents, there is need to allocate more funds for development projects rather than purchase of vehicles for the Nairobi City County Government officials.
“City Hall has enough vehicles to serve county officials for the next financial year. There is no need to allocate millions of funds to purchase brand new vehicles yet we can reallocate vehicles to our departments to ensure we continue serving Nairobians without hitch,” said Sonko.
Sonko’s administration has so far constructed 96 kilometers of roads since taking over as Nairobi Governor in August 2017.
The Governor said this should be doubled in the 2019/2020 financial year, while the cleaning of Nairobi River and its tributaries is ongoing.
The Governor has also called for the prosecution of county officials who were involved in the embezzlement of bursary funds in the 2018/2019 financial year.
“I want all county officials who were part of the team that conspired to divert Sh60 million meant for the bursary funds to face the law. I have directed County Secretary Pauline Kahiga and County Attorney Christine Ireri to start legal process to ensure those involved in the scandal are prosecuted,” he said.
Sonko hailed NEMA for enforcing the ban on plastic bags but called on the organization to consider extending the ban to plastic bottles.
“Plastic materials contribute to a large percentage of the waste that accumulates in the capital city. A ban on the bottles will help us a lot in terms of cleaning the city. I also would like to urge manufacturers to produce materials that are biodegradable and have less hazardous effects on the environment,” he said.
The event was attended by top county officials, UNEP representatives led by Dr. Cyrille-Lazare Siewe, Coordinator, UNEP Kenya Country Programme, NEMA administrators, and officers from the Ministry of Environment.
In her speech, Nairobi South MCA Esther Waithera Chege called on Sonko to take stern action against those involved in diversion of water from Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company.
Sonko vowed to ensure those who divert water will be prosecuted.
“We have information on some of the cartels diverting water in order to cash in by selling water using their water bowsers. This has to come to an end,” Sonko warned.