Anne Kananu Mwenda the Deputy Governor nominee choice of impeached Nairobi City County Governor Mike Sonko has officially been sworn in for the role on Friday, January 15th, 2021.
Kananu took the oath of office at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) grounds immediately after she was vetted and her nomination approved by the Nairobi County Assembly, all in a hurriedly conducted process.
She appeared before the County Assembly’s vetting committee on Friday morning and around noon the House had convened for a special sitting to adopt the vetting report, which was supported by a majority of the MCAs.
It was reported there was an attempt by some parties to stop the swearing in through filing of an application in court.
Kananu who was nominated as deputy governor by Sonko was vetted at City Hall early after the court threw out an application by Sonko to stop the exercise and subsequent swearing-in of Kananu as Deputy Governor.
This was despite a spirited fight to erect a hurdle against the process. The court on Friday dismissed an application by Omtatah to halt the exercise.
According to Justice Anthony Mrima, although the case filed and supported by Sonko has legal issues to be determined, they had not proved that they would suffer any loss should Kananu be vetted.
The judge said it is impossible to tell whether the county will reject or approve her and that the court has powers to reverse the process in the event it finds she was not properly nominated.
“The court is called upon to balance the interest of the petitioners and the general public. Given the legal issues remain unsettled, there is wisdom for constitutional bodies to carry out their mandate as the parties battle in court,” ruled Justice Murima.
In a brief speech that lasted six minutes, Ms. Kananu expressed her jubilation saying “this is the day that the lord has made that we may be glad and rejoice in it.”
She expressed her gratitude to President Uhuru Kenyatta for supporting her and impeached Governor Mike Sonko for nominating her to the position.