Nairobi County Governor Ms Anne Kananu who took an oath of office yesterday Tuesday 16th November has nominated former councillor Paul Mutunga Mutungi as her deputy; Mutungi is also the current Chief of Staff at City.
In a letter, the governor has informed Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Benson Mutura of the nomination noting that there is a vacancy in the office of the Deputy Governor.
The position was left vacant following her swearing-in as Nairobi’s third Governor on Tuesday.
“In this regard, and pursuant to Section Pursuant to Section 32C (1)(a) of the County Governments Act, I do hereby nominate Mr Paul Mutunga Mutungi to the position of Deputy Governor,” reads the letter.
While picking Mutungi, Kananu has highlighted she considered leadership qualities and competence among other issues.
“In considering this nomination, I have taken into account his professional qualifications, leadership qualities, gender balance and competencies necessary for the Deputy Governor’s seat,” She said
The governor has requested the Speaker to hasten the vetting process of the nominee for purposes of appointment.
“I therefore humbly urge the county assembly to expedite the vetting process of the nominee for purposes of appointment, pursuant to the provision of section 8 (1) (a) and 32D(3) of the County Government Act,” She added.
Anne was installed at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, replacing Mike Sonko who was impeached last year.
Kananu has been acting governor since December 2020 following the ouster of former governor Sonko.
Former Nairobi Governor Sonko had wanted the Supreme Court to stop the swearing-in of Kananu as Governor pending the hearing and determination of his appeal, but the case was dismissed.
The apex court stated that it lacked the jurisdiction to consider the appeal.
“The court lacks jurisdiction to entertain the appeal given that his main appeal at the Court of Appeal challenging his impeachment has not been heard,” ruled the five-judge bench, Supreme Court ruled.