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A minute blocks Speaker Mutura swearing-in as acting Nairobi governor

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The swearing in of Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Benson Mutura as the acting Governor, following the impeachment of Mike Sonko has been postponed.

The stage was set at Charter Hall Friday to swear in a man who was just elected speaker of the county assembly in August. However, the judge who was supposed to preside over the exercise arrived at 2:01 pm, one minute outside the statutory time.

According to the Assumption of Office Act. 2019, Mutura was supposed to take oath not earlier than 10:00 am and not later than 2:00 pm.

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The exercise is now likely to take place on Monday, December 21.

The former Makadara MP will hold the powerful office for a period of 60 days as the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) prepares to conduct fresh elections.

Unlike other counties where the impeachment or death of a governor meant their respective deputy governors assume office, Nairobians will be forced to go to the polls again, because Sonko’s deputy, Polycarp Igathe, resigned and was never replaced.

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