Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has raised concerns over the performance and financial management of the now-defunct Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).
Speaking in an interview on Friday, Sakaja called for a comprehensive forensic audit of NMS operations, citing a lack of visible results despite substantial funding. Over the course of two years, NMS received more than Sh40 billion, including funding from both the county and national government, yet Sakaja noted that there is little to show for these investments.
He emphasized that while NMS had some successes, they failed in numerous areas. Sakaja also highlighted the staggering Sh16 billion in pending bills left behind by NMS, emphasizing that this financial burden should not fall on the county, as NMS operated under the office of the President.
The governor’s call for a forensic audit aims to shed light on the utilization of these funds and the management of pending bills by NMS.
Sakaja’s move to demand transparency through a forensic audit comes as concerns mount about the allocation and expenditure of public funds within NMS.
The governor’s call underscores the need for accountability in public projects and government agencies, particularly when significant sums of public money are involved.
“Ni vizuri ni zungumzie hii NMS kwa ujumla. Vile ilibidi iletwe kwa sababu wakati huo county haingeweza kusonga, kuna mambo walifanya na mengine hawakufanya vizuri kwa sababu ukiona walipata 27 billion kutoka Nairobi county, kuna ile walipata kutoka national government alafu wako na pending Bills ya 16 billion. Kazi ya forty something billion miaka miwili iko wapi? Nilisema ifanyiwe forensic audit pending bills zao zidealiwe na executive office wasituletee mzigo ambao sio wetu,” Sakaja said.