Acting governor of Nairobi says she is the least performing of 47 counties

Acting governor of Nairobi says she is the least performing of 47 counties

Ann Kananu, acting governor of Nairobi has scoffed at a recent survey that ranked her as the least performing of the 47 counties heads.

The score-card stated the performance in the execution of functions of the devolved governments spelled out in the fourth Schedule of the Constitution. The Governor of Makueni Kivutha Kibwana was overall top with 80 per cent.

He was followed by Murang a Governor Mwangi wa Iria 73.4 per cent Nandi s Stephen Sang and Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua 68.9 per cent and the Nairobi Acting Governor 67.2 per cent, while the Nairobi governor scored the least at 19.4 per cent.

The survey conducted on October 10 was conducted by research firm City Hub Company Limited in conjunction with Insight Strategies Solution Africa. It was carried out in all 47 counties in the first week of September.

The acting governor dismissed the report as unfair to her in that it placed her in regard of four key functions of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services NMS which were transferred to the Nairobi County Government in February last year.

How do you score me on an exam which I never sat for? The key functions transferred from Kenya County Authority to the NMS, and for which the survey ranked Governors are health, transport, public works and planning.

She said that even on functions left to the county government such as trade and environment, the devolved unit was still disadvantaged in that the implementing agency, City Inspectorate, and the Revenue Collection Function were left to the county government.

The acting Governor is quick to point out that she has a good working relationship with NMS and its top general Mohamed Badi, who she says is doing a good job.

The General respects my space and I respect his. Governors who scored high in the survey are mainly those in their second term. Governor Kananu has been in office almost a year.

If anybody thinks I am not a performer, let them wait until I am elected substantive Governor; handed back all the functions as defined in the fourth schedule and have access to resources, she said.

During her substantive role as the department chief officer in charge of county Disaster Management, Ms Kananu is credited for putting up four new fire stations at the city previously serving only one power station.

To equip new stations she acquired 17 brand new fire engines and had boreholes drilled for faster refilling of the engines.