StateHouse Spokeswoman, Kanze Dena[Photo: Capital News]
September 11th 2020 – Questions are now being raised, over the legality of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Director-General Mohammed Badi being allowed to attend all cabinet meetings and subcommittees.
Critiques of President Uhuru Kenyatta led by former Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale, say the move is illegal and cannot stand the test of the law. Khalwale added that all cabinet members must be proposed by the president and approved by the national assembly before they are appointed.
Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua, has demanded to know which ministry Badi will be representing in the cabinet.
Badi took an oath of secrecy at statehouse Nairobi that now allows him to be part of cabinet meetings, through the executive order number three of 2020.
The statement was issued after a Cabinet meeting which Badi attended, on Thursday.
“The Director-General shall henceforth, attend all meetings of Cabinet and its Committees pursuant to Executive Order No. 3 of 2020,” State House Spokeswoman Kanze Dena said in a statement.
The move to have Badi attend the Cabinet meetings comes at a time where he and Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko, are not reading from the same page. Earliee this week, the NMS Director-General accused Sonko of thwarting the NMS services, linking him to vagabond groups aiming to obstruct the city’s developments.
Through his Spokesperson Ben Mulwa the governor responded by saying the NMS General Director’s sentiments were in bad faith and only aimed at tarnishing his name.
Badi was appointed early this year in March, after which Governor Sonko’s key duties and responsibilities were transferred to him.
Sonko had been accused of corruption and abuse of office amongst other offenses.