Kenyan Lawmaker Wants Nairobi Centrally Governed, Standard Says

Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, will be run by the national government instead of a regional administration if lawmakers pass proposed amendments to the constitution, the Standard newspaper reported, citing a bill presented in parliament.

Should parliamentarians agree to the changes proposed by Senate Deputy Speaker Kembi Getura, the capital would be administered by a cabinet secretary appointed by the president, instead of an elected governor and members of a county assembly.

Nairobi county contributes about 13 percent of the nation’s $63.4 billion gross domestic product, the most of any of the country’s 47 regional governments, according to a 2015 World Bank study.

— With assistance by Adelaide Changole

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