Uhuru's Sister Responds in Sonko Case

  • Christine Wambui Kenyatta speaking to the media in a past briefing.
    Christine Wambui Kenyatta speaking to the media in a past briefing.
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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta's elder sister Christine Wambui Kenyatta has asked that her name be withdrawn from a petition seeking to bar the appointment of Anne Kananu Mwenda as Nairobi Deputy Governor.

    The petition was initially filed by former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko, demanding that Kananu's appointment be withdrawn on grounds that it was illegal.

    The reports of Christine's withdrawal were confirmed by Senior counsel Paul Muite who serves as the lead counsel for Kananu. He disputed reports by Nation TV which claimed that the High Court had allowed Christine to join the petition.

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    Anne Kananu Mwenda addresses MCAs during her vetting exercise at the Nairobi County Assemblies on Friday, January 15, 2021
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    "Reporters should seek clarification on legal issues they may not understand to avoid misleading the public like in this article. I'm the Lead Counsel for Anne Kananu.

    "Christine Pratt Kenyatta whose name was dragged into this case by the petitioner has in fact applied for it to be expunged," Muite stated.

    Recently, Acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu appointed a three-bench judge to hear the petition filed against Kananu. Among the judges appointed include Justice Said Chitembwe, Judge Weldon Korir and Wilfrida Okwany.

    The court will determine if Kananu's appointment stands. Kananu was appointed Nairobi Deputy Governor on Friday, January 15, after she was successfully vetted by Nairobi's County Assembly committee.

    The news was, however, disputed by a section of politicians and leaders who termed the move llegal.

    "There can be no greater manifestation of an illegal enterprise than what has happened today in the Nairobi Assembly even if they were to make her governor, that's an illegality,"  constitutional lawyer Nelson Havi had stated.

    Havi's sentiments were echoed by Human rights Activist Okiya Omtatah who also filed a case barring the appointment.  Kananu's appointment came after Mike Sonko was ousted as Nairobi governor on Thursday, December 17. 

    Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko when he appeared before the senate during a hearing of his impeachment motion on December 17, 2020.
    Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko when he appeared before the senate during a hearing of his impeachment motion on December 17, 2020.