NAIROBI ELECTIONS

My deputy will serve as Chief city manager and CEC - Sakaja

Sakaja said his deputy will also oversee the trade department which deals with licenses.

In Summary

• He also revealed that his deputy, Njoroge Muchiri will be a county Executive Committee Member (CeC) in charge of Trade.

• “Deputy Governors don't have a defined role as per the constitution but my deputy will be a very busy man,” Sakaja said on Friday.

Nairobi Governor candidate Johnson Sakaja
Nairobi Governor candidate Johnson Sakaja
Image: JOHNSON SAKAJA

Nairobi Governor candidate Johnson Sakaja has said his deputy will be the Chief city manager.

He also revealed that his deputy, Njoroge Muchiri will be a county Executive Committee Member (CeC) in charge of Trade.

“Deputy Governors don't have a defined role as per the constitution but my deputy will be a very busy man,” Sakaja said on Friday.

Speaking on Classic 105, Sakaja praised his deputy, saying he was an amazing man and a real face of the corporate world. 

Chapter 11 of the Constitution describes the composition of the county government and the functions of all the offices including that of the deputy governor. The only functions ascribed to the deputy governor are set out in section 179 (3 & 4); he is the deputy Chief Executive Officer of the county and deputises the governor in his absence.

The only other place the Constitution refers to the Deputy Governor is in section 181, involving the removal of the governor. Here the deputy governor gets the honour of being the apparent heir.

If elected, the Nairobi senator said he will divide Nairobi into five boroughs to decentralise the county’s leadership.

Each of the five namely East, Central, West, North and South will be headed by city managers whom he will appoint.

The city managers will deal with specific needs of every part of the city. Once Nairobi works, Kenya works,” he said.

Nairobi Deputy Governor candidate Njoroge Muchiri
Nairobi Deputy Governor candidate Njoroge Muchiri
Image: JOHNSON SAKAJA

The Urban Areas and Cities Act, 2011 allows county governments to partition their areas and appoint city or municipal managers to be in charge of specific areas. 

Explaining further, Sakaja said his deputy will also oversee the trade department which deals with licensing.

He said city residents are tired of paying for multiple licenses for just one business which is expensive .

"We have fire certificates, single business permits  and many other which are expensive for the wananchi. In my government there will only be one license for business people."

Sakaja has pledged to introduce a single QR-enabled permit which he said will prevent the need of having multiple licences and subsequently eliminate the hurdles of doing business.

The business permits are city council business permits, fire inspection certificates, food handler certificates, food hygiene, goodwill, and land rates for those who own land within the Nairobi jurisdiction.

These business permits and licences are renewed yearly by members of the public and the business community.

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