Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has declined to sign the Ksh 37.7 billion Appropriation Bill.
A statement to newsrooms by Nairobi Communications Director Jacob Elkanah on Thursday, October 15, indicated that Sonko referred the bill back to the assembly for consideration.
MCAs had last week approved the county budget of Ksh35.5 billion after amending the appropriations bill.
In the bill, the MCAs allocated Ksh27.1 billion to General Mohamed Mbadi’s Nairobi Metropolitan Service.
The Ward Development Fund was allocated Sh 1.3 billion, with Sh30 million being recurrent expenditure and Sh1.3 billion being for development.
According to Assembly Budget committee chairman Robert Mbatia, relocation of the WDF to NMS was to ensure all projects in the wards completed in time.
“Under development, we have transferred in totality the Ward Development Fund component from the Office of the Governor to Public Works, which is now under the Nairobi Metropolitan Services.”
“On WDF, we request the office be relocated because it is a fund and its budget and allocation are under Public Works,” Mbatia said.
The Nairobi City County Wards Development Fund, 2014 provides for establishment of the Ward Development Fund and a management committee to carry out development projects.