Sonko nominates Miguna Miguna as Nairobi Deputy Governor


Sonko nominates Miguna Miguna as Nairobi Deputy Governor
Nairobi County Governor, Mike Sonko signing the Nairobi County Appropriation Bill 2017

In Summary

  • Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko Sonko has nominated controversial lawyer Miguna Miguna for the Nairobi Deputy Governor position.
  • Sonko has forwarded Miguna's name to Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi, for vetting and approval by the House.
  • "I hereby forward my nominee, Lawyer Miguna Miguna to undergo full vetting process and approval by the County Assembly for the position of Deputy Governor," reads part of the letter.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko Sonko has nominated controversial lawyer Miguna Miguna for the Nairobi Deputy Governor position.

Sonko forwarded Miguna’s name to Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi on Wednesday for vetting and approval by the House.

“I hereby forward my nominee, Lawyer Miguna Miguna to undergo full vetting process and approval by the County Assembly for the position of Deputy Governor,” reads part of the letter.

“The nominee meets all the requirements provided for in the Constitution, the Leadership and Integrity Act, the Elections Act and County Government Act.”

The Nairobi Deputy Governor’s seat fell vacant following the resignation of Polycarp Igathe in January 2018.

Igathe, who is set to join Equity Bank as the Chief Commercial Officer, cited failure to earn Governor Sonko’s trust as his reason for resignation.

Lawyer Nelson Havi, who is part of Miguna’s legal team, confirmed to Citizen TV that Sonko had picked Miguna for the top city job, with the nomination letter being picked from the Governor’s office by Lawyer Cliff Ombeta.

 

Miguna Miguna’s lawyer Cliff Ombeta holding the letter Governor Mike Sonko sent to Speaker Beatrice Elachi on Miguna’s nomination as deputy governor.

 

Sonko’s surprise move to nominate Miguna — one of his most fierce critics — will certainly raise eyebrows in the political scene and is expected to ruffle feathers in the ruling Jubilee coalition.

It will also be interesting to see the government’s reaction to the nomination of Miguna, whom the State declared a non-citizen and dramatically ejected from the country twice.

Miguna was expected to return to the country on Wednesday, May 16 but he cancelled his return blaming the government for failing to facilitate his “unconditional” re-entry to Kenya.

The firebrand politician said he had decided to postpone his return and instructed his legal team to seek legal redress over the alleged refusal by the Kenyan government to issue him with a travel document.

Miguna said he would announce his new return date as soon as the court gives further directions on the matter.

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