The Nairobi Assembly will finally vet a nominee fronted by former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko for the position of Deputy Governor Position after a case barring the vetting was withdrawn from the high court.
The vetting of Anne Kananu Mwenda was suspended when a Nairobi voter Peter Odhiambo Agoro went to court on 17th February 2020 shortly after her name was presented arguing that Sonko was not rightly placed to appoint a Deputy Governor having been barred from office on corruption allegations.
However the petitioner sought to withdraw the case which the court allowed and refused to admit a fresh petition by the estranged former Governor who is now objecting to his own nominee.
Justice Hedwig Ong’udi immediately dismissed an attempt to file a new petition by Sonko saying the former Governor had failed to pay the required assessment fees to revive a petition after Agoro made an application to withdraw.
“This court has been told that there is a cross-petition filed by (Harrison) Kinyanjui on behalf of Mike Sonko, it has not been paid and therefore not before the court,” said Justice Ong’udi.
The Nairobi Assembly clerk Edward Gichana announced through a notice on Thursday January 7th that the assembly was going to vet Kananu on Friday, January 15.
“The nominee is required to collect the vetting forms from the office of the clerk to the County Assembly during official working hours as from January 8,2021 and return them together with copies of the following documents by January 11,2021 at 5.00pm,” read part of the notice.
If Kananu succeeds in the vetting she will take over from the acting Governor Benson Mutura who was sworn in on 21st December 2020 and his term is set to lapse on 18th February, 2021.