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Major General Badi summoned over revenue collection in Nairobi

Former Director General in the defunct Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Lt. General Mohammed Abdalla Badi, has been summoned by Nairobi County Assembly Committee to appear for grilling over revenue collection during his tenure.

In an invitation letter from the Nairobi City County Assembly Clerk Edward Gichana, Gen. Badi is expected to appear before the Ad-Hoc Committee, which is probing the dwindling revenue collections under the Nairobi Revenue System, which was introduced during the NMS period.

His invitation was prompted by the revelation from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) stating that NMS was responsible for coordinating the transferred functions, including revenue collection.

NMS’s two-year contract ended in October 2022, and the functions transferred to the national government were handed back to the County Government under Governor Johnson Sakaja.

Also read: Sakaja on the spot over KRA’s role in County revenue collection

Gen. Badi is also expected to explain why the defunct function was never audited, as revealed by the committee chaired by Makongeni MCA Peter Imwatok.

Former Deputy Director General during NMS time, Mr Kang’ethe Thuku, has also been summoned to appear before the committee alongside former State House Comptroller and Accounting Officer in NMS, Mr Kinuthia Mbugua.

Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Gen. Badi to lead the established function NMS in 2020, following an agreement with the former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

Among the functions transferred to NMS include health services, transport, public works, utilities and ancillary services, and county planning and development.

The Ad-Hoc Committee was formed in November last year to probe county revenue and is expected to conclude its investigation this week.

A detailed report will be tabled next month when the MCAs resume their sittings after a long recess.
NRS has so far been faulted over frequent failure, lack of opaqueness in its management, and access to the server.

A section of stakeholders who appeared before the committee claimed that the revenue system was very complicated and that the county should develop a better system.