Ann Kananu Nominates Deputy Governor

  • Nairobi Governor Ann Kananu takes the oath of office at KICC on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.
    Nairobi Governor Ann Kananu takes the oath of office at KICC on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.
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  • Newly sworn-in Nairobi Governor Ann Kananu nominated former councillor Paul Mutunga Mutungi as her deputy.

    In a statement on Wednesday, November 17, Kananu expressed her wish to be deputized by Mutungi who is also the current Chief of Staff at City Hall.

    Mutungi was appointed as Chief of Staff by former acting Nairobi Governor and current Speaker Benson Mutura to replace Brian Kamau Mugo in January 2021.

    The nomination will be tabled before the Nairobi County Assembly where MCAs will approve or reject it through a majority vote. 

    Chief of Staff at City Hall Paul Mutunga Mutungi during the Jubilee campaigns in 2017.
    Chief of Staff at City Hall Paul Mutunga Mutungi during the Jubilee campaigns in 2017.
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    If successful, Mutungi will become the fourth Nairobi Deputy Governor after Jonathan Mueke (2013-2017), Polycarp Igathe (August 2017- January 2018) and Kananu who assumed office in January this year. 

    Kananu was sworn in as Nairobi's third governor in a lush event hosted at the Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC) on November 17, 2021, after the impeachment of his predecessor Mike Sonko in December 2020.

    She had served as the city's acting governor following a lawsuit by Sonko that barred her from officially taking over the office.

    Kananu also made history after she was chauffeured to her swearing-in ceremony in a ceremonial limo that few women have managed to ride in - save for the spouses for the two former governors and a handful of mayors who had the privilege to use the car in the 1960s and 70s. 

    The 1966 Rolls-Royce Austin Princes was bought by the Nairobi City Council in 1968 - as a ceremonial car for the mayor. It was used by a few mayors before being grounded in the early 80s - only resurfacing in 2013 when Nairobi City Council transformed into the Nairobi County Government. 

    The vehicle is a ceremonial car used by all incoming governors in the city during their swearing-in ceremony. It was used by Governor Mike Sonko in 2017 and his 2013 predecessor Evans Kidero.

    The vehicle is a rare classic ride and is only one of two available in Africa. The other is found in Zimbabwe.

    The car was also a favourite for the city's mayors since Seth Lugonzo became the first mayor to ride on it after it was bought during the reign of his predecessor - Charles Rubia.

    The vintage Rolls-Royce Austin Princes Antique Classic during a 2013 showcase.
    The vintage Rolls-Royce Austin Princes Antique Classic during a 2013 showcase.
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