Ann Kananu Mwenda has taken the oath of office as the third deputy governor of Nairobi. She has gone down in history as the first woman to occupy the lucrative and influential office in the capital city.
Her swearing-in as conducted at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) this afternoon, 15th January.
The ceremony was attended by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Director-General, Major-General Mohamed Badi.
Speaking after taking over the DG’s position, Mwenda thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for believing in her leadership.
“I thank President Kenyatta for showing his faith in me to serve in this position. I affirm my commitment to serve Nairobians with dedication…I commit to cooperate closely with the NMS DG, Maj-Gen Badi, and the Nairobi County Assembly,” she said.
This day will remain in her memory forever – everything went hell for leather.
First, there was some uncertainty of her vetting because a petitioner seeking to stop it was waiting for a ruling by the High Court. Luckily, Justice Anthony Mrima dismissed the case filed by activist Okiya Omtatah.
At 9am, an eight-member committee of the Nairobi County Assembly started grilling her, and within an hour, they had completed the job, which is usually rigorous.
They then wrote a report, which was adopted by the assembly at around 11am.
And before 2pm, to comply with the rule on swearing into public office, she took the oath of office. Within five hours, a lot had happened in her career, and she probably became the only person in Kenya to so speedily achieve such a political breakthrough.
Her installation as Nairobi Governor would mean that there would be no a by-election to replace Mike Sonko, who was impeached last month.
When acting Governor Benson Mutura, who is the Nairobi County Assembly Speaker, completes his 60-day tenure, Mwenda can fully take charge.