A group of senators have ganged up against President Uhuru Kenyatta after seven military men were appointed to steer Nairobi City County.
Led by Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, the three senators said that the “militarisation of Nairobi is unconstitutional”,
Murkomen said the Executive had violated the law by appointing the military personnel to head the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).
“Nairobi is now a military county and not a civilian administration anymore. The militarisation of a civilian government in a county is the worst form of violation and overturn of our constitution.
“I’m opposed to the manner in which Nairobi is being run by the military and many more are being seconded. What the hell is going on?” The Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator asked.
The lawmaker further said it would be difficult to hold the NMS to account, considering that military persons cannot be charged in civilian courts.
Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina said that Article 187 of the Constitution, which explains how the transfer of county functions should be conducted had been contravened.
He added that the breach would be a roadblock for senators to independently oversight City Hall affairs.
For his part, Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei said that military officers should not be used by to settle certain scores.
“The militarisation of Nairobi County is sad. The Constitution states that the military (personnel) are supposed to be in barracks or defending the country from foreign aggression,” he said.
Litkenya.com reported that Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko is opposed to militarisation of the city.
The governor claimed that the military men had been deployed to intimidate him from carrying out his duties.