The surprise nomination of controversial lawyer Miguna Miguna as the Nairobi Deputy Governor by Governor Mike Sonko has been met with skepticism.
Nairobi County speaker Beatrice Elachi urging Miguna to first clear uncertainties surrounding his citizenship before the county assembly can vet his nomination.
In a letter that went viral last evening and confirmed by Miguna Miguna’s lawyer Cliff Ombeta, Sonko nominated the combative lawyer to the surprise of many.
Miguna who ran for the city’s top seat in last year’s general election is fierce critic of Governor Sonko.
Nairobi County speaker Beatrice Elachi has confirmed that her office has since received the nomination letter that also bears Sonko’s signature.
Speaking in a local FM radio station, Elachi however said Miguna should clear with the immigration department over his citizenship to qualify for the vetting as per the law.
“The Constitution is clear that a deputy governor needs to be a Kenyan citizen. I would tell Miguna to first clear his issues with the Kenyan government. He is Canadian,” said Speaker Elachi.
The announcement was made on Wednesday night, hours after Miguna cancelled his trip to the country after the government declined to grant him unconditional entry or issue him with a Kenyan passport as ordered by the High Court.
The High Court had ordered the Immigration Department to facilitate his travel back into the country after it quashed a directive by Interior secretary Fred Matiang’i which declared him a prohibited immigrant.
Nairobi residents are also eagerly awaiting Miguna’s reaction following his nomination. Miguna, has not responded through social media, which is his main mode of communication from Toronto, Canada where he is based.
A section of leaders including Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja have expressed displeasure at the nomination.
On Twitter on Thursday, Sakaja wrote: “Miguna will not become the Deputy Governor of Nairobi. Take that to the bank.”
The Nairobi deputy governor position has remained vacant ever since Polycarp Igathe resigned from the position citing frustrations.
Public service Chief administrative secretary Rachael Shebesh has in the meantime urged Kenyans to entrust the decisions of the nation’s affairs to the leaders they elected to represent them on political matters.
She was speaking in Laikipia when she officiated the issuance of the Laikipia County National Government Affirmative Action Funds.