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Nairobi MCAs resolve to send home NMS staff

Nairobi Members of the County Assembly (MCA) have adopted the recommendations of the Sectorial Committee on Labour and Social Welfare that were probing the move from Governor Johnson Sakaja seeking to absorb former NMS inspectorate officers.

In a report tabled before the assembly on Wednesday, Nominated MCA Jane Wanjiru said her committee noted with concern that the Executive was in the process of recruiting the inspectorate/cadets staff despite the expiry of the defunct Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) in November 2022.

The committee noted that the Nairobi Public Service Commission recruited the enforcement officers under NMS yet Security and Compliance Sector was not among the four functions that had been transferred to the national government.

Also, the Committee found out that the ex-NMS 700 officers who are now still working for the country at the mercy of Governor Sakaja were supposed to have gone home in November following the expiry of the Deed of Transfer of Functions.

“The County Public Service Board was not aware of the budgetary allocation in the county to cater for salaries of the said officers in the financial year 2022-2023,” part of the report reads.

According to the committee report, the county is under no obligation to absorb the enforcement officers or any other officers recruited under the defunct NMS, and the board was not in receipt of the list of officers proposed for absorption who were under NMS.

This means that the 700 officers will have to stay at their homes pending the recruitment process the board has been asked to advertise the recruitment of more inspectorate staff, and the ex-NMS officers have been asked to take advantage.

“That the Security and Compliance Department as a user department should make their request to the County Public Service Board on the need to have recruitment for more inspectorate staff.”

Since November, the officers who are caught up in the defunct NMS quagmire have not been paid, as the county lawmakers insist that their budget is not in place.

The former Acting County Secretary Dr Jairus Musumba had said that the county will absorb the 700 officers who would be dispatched to several departments and sub-counties.

The move came following the orders from the governor, who said that no one will be fired under his administration, more so in the current situation where the cost of living is high.

However, the County Assembly leadership led by the Minority Leader Mr Anthony Kiragu accused the governor of roadside declarations.

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