Anne Kananu Mwenda has been sworn-in as the new Nairobi Deputy Governor after she was swiftly confirmed as by city Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) on Friday.
Mwenda took the oath of office at KICC moments after Nairobi MCAs approved a report tabled by the vetting committee confirming Mwenda's nomination by Mike Sonko, who was impeached last month.
Mwenda was the Nairobi Disaster Management and Coordination chief officer and was vetted in a fast-tracked session that lasted only an hour.
The office of Deputy Governor has been vacant since Polycarp Igathe resigned in January 2018 following a fallout with his then boss Sonko saying he had failed to gain the then city boss’ trust.
After taking her oath of office, Mwenda thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for having faith in her and promised to work with the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) headed by Major General Mohammed Badi to beter coordinate develpment projects in the city.
Mwenda is set to become the next governor of Nairobi to replace Sonko by taking over from Speaker Benson Mutura, who has been acting as the county boss following Sonko’s impeachment last month, if the script remains as predictable.
This comes even as activist Okiya Omutata rushed to court on Friday afternoon to challenge the decision to allow the vetting and confirmation of Mwenda by the County Assembly.