Re­solve City Hall cri­sis

Business Daily (Kenya) - - IDEAS & DEBATE -

TThe smooth run­ning of county busi­ness is es­sen­tial to its pros­per­ity and ap­peal

he stand­off be­tween Nairobi Mem­bers of County Assem­bly (MCAS) and im­peached Speaker Beatrice Elachi paints a chaotic pic­ture of Kenya’s capital. Ms Elachi is ac­cused of out­ing pro­cure­ment rules to in uence award of pur­chase of the speaker’s res­i­dence to a bid­der who had quoted Sh125 mil­lion, much higher than City Hall’s limit of Sh100 mil­lion, among other ac­cu­sa­tions that have seen her lose her seat. Mean­while, Gov­er­nor Mike Sonko has re­lo­cated from City Hall and is now op­er­at­ing o cial county busi­ness from his ru­ral home in Mua, Machakos County. De­spite calls by MCAS for his re­turn, the county boss re­mains de ant say­ing he will not yield to pres­sure even af­ter spend­ing four months away from his o ce. All this, cou­pled with Sonko’s re­luc­tance to name a deputy gov­er­nor eight months af­ter Poly­carp Igathe’s shock res­ig­na­tion, points to a clear cri­sis of lead­er­ship at City Hall. Nairobi is Kenya’s nan­cial and po­lit­i­cal capital and as such, the smooth run­ning of county busi­ness is es­sen­tial to its pros­per­ity and ap­peal as an in­vest­ment des­ti­na­tion. The cur­rent state of its top lead­er­ship and their be­hav­iour is not only em­bar­rass­ing, it paints a wor­ry­ing pic­ture for res­i­dents who now worry what long-term ef­fects the power gap will have on day-to-day ser­vices.

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