Nairobi Speaker Benson Mutura has relinquished his post as the acting Nairobi Governor for the Deputy Governor Ann Kananu
“I relinquish my acting as Governor of Nairobi County and resume my duties as the Speaker of Nairobi county assembly,” he said.
Mutura explained that the handover was occasioned by the swearing of a substantive Deputy Governor for Nairobi County quoting Article 182 (2) of the Constitution.
Her impending inauguration as Governor is part of an elaborate scheme to evade a by-election under Article 182 (5) which requires the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Election (IEBC) to hold a by-election within sixty days of the Speaker’s assumption as Acting Governor.
Kananu was installed on Friday after she was vetted by a 10-member appointments panel in a session that lasted barely an hour.
The Deputy Governor had been nominated in January 2020 by then Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko who was later impeached in December 2020.
Kananu was not however vetted after a court suspended proceeding to consider the nomination pending the determination of a suit challenging Sonko’s decision.