Nairobi governor Mike Sonko has agreed to drop all law suits against Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) after burying the hatchet with Major General Mohamed Badi.
Speaking on Thursday, the governor said he and Badi have ironed out their differences after a meeting during which President Uhuru Kenyatta asked him to stand down.
From now on, the embattled county chief said, the two will work together so as to allow service delivery for the people of Nairobi.
“After yesterday we agreed to polish the issues in the MOU and we agreed with my brother Badi that all cases in court will be withdrawn to allow for service delivery and development,” said Sonko.
On Wednesday, the president urged the duo to shun politics and those who might want to come in between them.
“I have said enough is enough and I don’t want to hear about political fights in Nairobi. My brothers seated behind me work together. Si kila saa ni vita na matusi. Jukumu letu ni kuhudumia wananchi,” Uhuru said.
The tussle for Nairobi has been ongoing for months now since the county boss signed over key county functions to the national government.
The four functions are: Health services, Planning and development services, Transport, Public works, Utilities and Ancillary services.
Upon appending his signature on the deed of transfer in February, Sonko was rendered a lame duck.
In July, he threatened to terminate the deed of transfer on grounds that it was illegal.
He also accused the NMS boss of sidelining him in the running of the capital city. Dragging the national government into the matter, Sonko claimed that he was being bullied.
Badi on his part downplayed Sonko’s threats and insisted that should NMS be disbanded then those moved from their work stations at city hall would be reassigned.
“I’m not scared by the Governor’s move to head to court. For us at NMS we are proud of the services we are delivering to Nairobi residents to improve their livelihoods.
“When NMS was formed we were picked from different departments to come and work in NMS. So with or without NMS each one of us can go back to their department and continue with the job he/she was doing before NMS was formed,” the military man said.