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Anne Kananu: From citizen to Governor-in-waiting under five hours

In Summary

  • Swearing in followed successful vetting by Nairobi MCA.
  • Earlier in the day, High Court had declined to issue orders barring the vetting.

Anne Kananu Mwenda was on Friday sworn in as the Nairobi County deputy governor.

By exactly 1:57 pm, Kananu had already taken oath of office in a brief ceremony at KICC.

In a quick turn of events, the High Court on Friday morning declined to issue orders barring the Nairobi County Assembly from vetting Kananu.

Shortly after the ruling, the assembly’s vetting committee led by Majority Leader Abdi Guyo conducted the vetting of Kananu, an exercise that took only one hour.

Almost immediately after vetting her, the county assembly convened a special sitting to adopt Kananu’s vetting report. The report was supported overwhelmingly.

Like his predecessors, Kananu has promised to eliminate City Hall cartels and work with the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).

An expert in cirminology and forensics, Kananu was nominated by Mike Sonko in January 2020, she was not vetted after a court blocked the process.

Political commentators have questioned the legality of Kananu’s swearing in, bearing in mind that Sonko has since been impeached from the office of the governor.

According to The Constitution, when a governor is impeached, the deputy governor, who is his principal assistant, takes over.

With these new developments, will Kananu take over from Mike Sonko as the Nairobi Governor? Will IEBC still conduct the by-election scheduled for February 18?

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