High Court has ruled that the appointment, nomination, vetting and swearing-in of Anne Kananu as Nairobi County Deputy Governor was constitutional.

The ruling was delivered by a 3-judge bench made up of Justice Wilfrida Okwany, Justice Said Chitember and Justice Weldon Korir.

The ruling has dealt a blow to the former Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko who disputed her nomination.

Kananu assumed office in January following a successful vetting process by the MCAs.

However, Sonko objected to her appointment claiming that he had withdrawn Kananu's nomination in a letter bearing the date December 7, 2020.

The judges ruling observed that a governor's authority is only limited to the nomination of candidates but not approving them. 

“Sonko cannot unilaterally withdraw the nomination of Kananu without the input of county assembly. It violated the separation of powers. We are not persuaded that the nomination was revoked,” Justice Okwany said.