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Sonko nominates Anne Kananu as Nairobi deputy governor

Sonko nominates Anne Kananu as Nairobi deputy governor
  • Governor Mike Sonko nominated Ms Mwenda in a letter to Speaker Beatrice Elachi, in which he noted that the office has been vacant for too long.
  • Governor Sonko also noted the complexity that arose from a court order that barred him from office until the corruption case is determined.
  • In the letter to Ms Elachi dated January 6, Sonko noted a legal vacuum in the framework for replacement of a deputy governor.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Monday nominated Anne Kananu Mwenda to the deputy governor post, citing the need for continuity following his suspension from office over the loss of Sh357 million.

Sonko nominated Ms Mwenda in a letter to Speaker Beatrice Elachi, in which he noted that the office has been vacant for too long.

Mr Polycarp Igathe resigned from the office in January 2018, saying he had failed to earn Governor Sonko's trust.

COURT ORDERS

Governor Sonko also noted the complexity that arose from a court order that barred him from office until the corruption case is determined.

He said he nomined Ms Kananu "in the interest of stability" in the capital, and in line with article 180(5) of the Constitution and the Supreme Court advisory of March 2018.

The governor asked the assembly to expedite Ms Kananu's vetting so that she is appointed.

"I will continue to abide by the bail terms granted to me and ensure the operations of the county are not affected to guarantee the people of Nairobi uninterrupted service," he said.

LEGAL PROCESS

In the letter to Ms Elachi dated January 6, Sonko noted a legal vacuum in the framework for replacement of a deputy governor.

As such, the Senate south to amend the County Government Act through a bill currently before the mediation committee of the Senate and the National Assembly.