Abolishing Nairobi County: The lessons from Kampala
Tuesday December 13 2016
Nairobi skyline: A proposed law seeks to put its management under the central government. PHOTO | FILE
Under the proposed law, the president would have the powers to nominate a Cabinet secretary, with the approval of the National Assembly, to head the city.
The structure in Kampala has created two centres of power, with one around the mayor and the other one around the executive director.
While the proposal will win the support of private sector players, who constantly complain about inefficiencies and challenges to doing business in Nairobi, it will be opposed by politicians who could interpret the proposed law as an attempt to wrestle Nairobi City out of the control of the opposition, given that the current governor (Evans Kidero) is from the Orange Democratic Party.