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Johnson Sakaja on the spot for redeploying 700 NMS officers

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja is facing resistance in his bid to reinstate 700 former inspectorate officers.

The officers were attached to the defunct Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) before their contracts expired in November 2023.

Anthony Kiragu, the County Assembly Minority Leader, has accused the county boss of breaking the law in his bid to reinstate the officers.

Kiragu in his submission before the County Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) told Sakaja should stop making roadside declarations.

The MCA said the officers should not be paid since they are no longer county employees.

“We need to tell the governor that the era of roadside declarations needs to come to an end. He cannot come when we do things professionally then he tells people to go back to work,” Mr Kiragu said.

Public Service Board chairperson Thomas Kasoa, and the County Chief Officer Security and Compliance Tony Kimani were present at the meeting.

Mr Kasoa confirmed the county will not process payments for the officers as they have no running contracts.

The officers were released in January 2023, by Jairus Musumba, the County Acting Secretary, but the governor ordered for their reinstatement.

The Committee chairperson Jared Akhama said the officers are illegally in the inspectorate’s uniform and are a threat to the residents.

Mr Akhama said the governor should have engaged the county service board and followed due process to have the 700 officers to be employed under the law.

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