It’s been less than a day since Ann Kananu Mwenda became a household name. This happened when Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko nominated her for the deputy governor position. However, this may not come to pass.
— Mike Sonko (@MikeSonko) January 6, 2020
Mike Sonko took to social media and shared his nominee for the deputy governor position Ann Kananu Mwenda. This comes at a time when he’s facing corruption charges, abuse of office and irregular payments. This saw him arrested, arraigned in court and released on bail. Consequently, part of the bail terms barred the Nairobi governor from office until the matter was decided in court. In his appointment letter, the governor urged the National Assembly to make the vetting process for Ann Kananu Mwenda faster so as to ensure Nairobi County had no power vacuum.
Ann Kananu Mwenda is the current Nairobi County Chief Officer for Disaster Management and Coordination. She has held the position for two years and has been trained in disaster management and security, active shooting and hostage training. As for her academic qualifications, she holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology and Security Management from Dedan Kimathi University obtained in 2016. In addition, she also has a Diploma in Criminology and Security Management from St. Paul’s University obtained in 2013, as well as two certificate courses in Human Resource Management and Public Relations at University of Nairobi between 2011-2012.
By appointing a deputy governor, opinion is divided on whether he has violated court orders and if being barred from office meant that Mike Sonko couldn’t perform any functions as Nairobi governor. If the nomination is approved this will be the first time that Nairobi County has a deputy governor since 2018 when Polycarp Igathe resigned.
During a county assembly meeting on Tuesday, it was agreed that the matter would be deliberated on in February. However, Speaker Beatrice Elachi gazetted a special sitting on Thursday where important county matters will be discussed, including its leadership.
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