The political power play unfolding at City Hall is far from over. In a surprise twist of events, Anne Kananu Mwenda has taken over as the substantive Governor barely three days after her installation as Deputy Governor.
Nairobi Governor Benson Mutura officially handed over on Monday the instruments of power at City Hall.
Ms. Mwenda who was sworn in last week on Friday as deputy governor revealed that a committee is currently working on the process for her to be sworn in as Governor for Nairobi County.
“We have the Assumption Committee that is finalizing processes that will have me sworn in as the Governor of Nairobi. We shall communicate in due course,” she said, reiterating her commitment towards improving delivery of services in Nairobi.
She stated in a press briefing that she would remain focused and driven by the vision and understanding of a whole Government approach to service delivery
“As Nairobi County, we are embarking on a public engagement that will invite views on the state of service delivery in the City and how to further improve the same,” she said adding that she would work closely with my principal partner in delivering services in Nairobi, the Director General of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services; Maj. General Mohammed Badi and his team on how to serve Nairobi best.
“I am focused on bringing a new spirit of cooperation, collaboration, partnership and mutual respect with all organs of Government,” Ms. Mwenda said.
The rushed vetting of Ms Mwenda and subsequent approval by the County Assembly has elicited mixed reactions among Kenyans, political parties, activists and lawyers alike questioning the legality of the process.
Ms. Mwenda pledged to stay clear of politics and concentrate on quality service delivery to Nairobi residents.
I am not a politician, and I will not start being one. I’m focused on bringing a new spirit of cooperation, collaboration, partnership and mutual respect with all organs of government. Nairobi is now back on course.
— Anne Kananu (@annkananu_) January 18, 2021
On his part, Mutura thanked all those who supported him while as acting governor. He assured the deputy governor of the County assembly’s full legislative support.
Kananu made history as the first woman deputy governor of Nairobi City County after being sworn in by Justice John Mativo on Friday.
Her swearing-in came after she appeared before the county vetting committee which cleared her and the subsequent unanimous adoption of the committee’s report by the Nairobi City County assembly.
Anne Kananu was nominated by former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko to be his deputy in January 2020.