Nairobi City Hall is a magnificent building, housing the City Council. It was constructed in the 1950s. At that time, it was the tallest building in Nairobi with its clock tower standing at 165 feet. The building was expanded in 1981 with the addition of the 13-storey City Hall Annex.
The City Council of Nairobi was the local authority governing the city of Nairobi and was created by the Nairobi Urban District Council after Independence in 1963. It was the largest of the 175 local Authorities in the country and was under the direction of the Ministry of Local Government.
The Chief Executive of the City Council is the Town Clerk, appointed by the Minister of Local Government. The Non-executive branch of the Council is headed by the Mayor. The Town Clerk oversees the functions of 17 main and 4 subcommittees whose members were City Councillors. Each committee is chaired by one Councillor. The committees meet at scheduled meetings and adopt proposals by consensus. The proposals then pass through a full Council for review. Proposals can only be approved as Council Resolutions by the Minister for Local Government after having been reviewed by the full Council.
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