Newly sworn-in Nairobi county acting governor Benson Mutura has stamped his authority by appending his signature on budget warrants to pave way for the release of KSh 37.5 billion.
Mutura was sworn in on Monday, December 21, to replace former governor, Mike Sonko, in an acting capacity.
Sonko was ousted by the Senate over accusations of corruption, abuse of office and gross misconduct.
Hours after taking the oath, the acting governor urgently approved the proposed budget to break the financial stalemate that has been in existence since October.
Sonko’s standpoint Sonko had refused to approve the budget on grounds that his administration was illegally being forced by the state to share part of the money with the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).
He argued under the Deed of Transfer which he signed at the State House to effectively transfer four key county functions to NMS, it was never agreed his government would share its budget with the General Mohamed Badi-led team.
Sources indicate the former governor’s refusal to approve the budget formed the basis of his impeachment.
Mutura promise The Acting governor pledged to ensure effective and efficient service delivery to the people of Nairobi for the period he will be in charge of the county.
Mutura assured Nairobians he will not let them down as it had been alleged by some of his critics who had cast aspersions upon his academic credentials.