Acting Nairobi Governor Benson Mutura has today, Monday, 18th January, handed over the instruments of office to newly installed Deputy Governor Anne Kananu Mwenda.
This comes just three days after Kananu was hurriedly vetted by a select committee of the city county and sworn in as the Deputy Governor.
Mutura, who was City County Speaker, was appointed the acting governor following Mike Sonko’s impeachment on 17th December, 2020.
“I feel honoured to have served in this position. Now that my time to leave has come, I thank the Almighty God for the opportunity,” Mutura told the media on Monday, 18th January.
Kananu will now serve as the acting Nairobi Governor until the Assumption of Office Committee completes the process of getting her sworn in as the governor.
“I affirm that I will lead from the front in heeding the call by the President to radically improve the provision of services in the city,” Kananu said.
“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 the organs of government…Nairobi is now back on course and will remain so,” she added.
The office of Nairobi Deputy Governor has been vacant since January 2018, following the resignation of Polycarp Igathe. With Mwenda now set to take office upon her swearing-in, this simply means that there will be no by-election in Nairobi to replace impeached Governor Sonko.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had set 18th February, 2021 as the by-election date.
Sonko was impeached over charges of abuse of office, a gross violation of the law, committing a crime under the national and international laws, and lacking the capability to run the county.