Why Plan to Swear in Kananu as Governor Was Delayed - Insiders

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    Nairobi Deputy Governor Anne Kananu Mwenda takes the oath of office on Friday, January 16, 2021
  • The Judiciary and Nairobi County officials delayed swearing-in Anne Kananu Mwenda as governor on Friday, January 15. 

    A plan to have Kananu take the governor's oath immediately after being sworn in as Deputy Governor was shelved. 

    The former Disaster Management CEC was supposed to succeed former Governor Mike Sonko on the same day when she was vetted and approved to be Deputy Governor

    "The plan was to swear her in as the substantive governor but this was held as we want to find out how the cases filed by Mike Sonko will play out," an anonymous source was quoted by Nation

    Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko during a past address.
    Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko during a past address.

    Sonko wants the court to overturn the Senate's decision to impeach him. The former Makadara MP was accused of gross misconduct, violation of the constitution, crimes under national law, and abuse of office. 

    The former Governor said that he would recall all the suits he filed in court, but he is yet to do so. 

    He also added that he would retire from politics for ten years. 

    His case will be mentioned on Wednesday, February 17 a day prior to the Nairobi by-election taking place. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) gazetted February 18 as the by-election date. 

    However, the process was suspended twice owing to the case by Mike Sonko and another filed by Nairobi Deputy Governor Anne Kananu. 

    Kananu wanted the exercise stopped as it contradicted her vetting process. 

    Insiders privy to the Nairobi County politics added that Kananu may be sworn in even before Sonko's case is determined. 

    She may take over in late January 2021 or February 10/11 when Acting Governor Benson Mutura's term expires. Mutura, the County Speaker took over for 60 days prior to the election taking place. 

    Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Benson Mutura
    Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Benson Mutura