In Summary

  • Arthur Johnson Sakaja was on Thursday sworn in as the fourth governor of the capital city’s Nairobi County government. 
  • Nairobi County immediate former governor Anne Kananu and the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) boss,Major General Mohamed Badi, were also in attendance at KICC.


Arthur Johnson Sakaja was on Thursday sworn in as the fourth governor of the capital city’s Nairobi County government.

Sakaja’s swearing-in ceremony was conducted at the Kenya International Convention Centre (KICC) in a ceremony in which he was flanked by his wife and children.

Sakaja, who arrived at KICC at around 10:30am, was received by his deputy, James Muchiri, who was also sworn into office as the duo take over the helm of the City Hall.


The new governor promised to unite the leadership and residents of Nairobi as he pledged to implement the development projects he had promised Nairobians to transform the city.


"I Sakaja Arthur Johnson, do swear that I shall always truly and diligently serve the people and the republic of Kenya in the office of Governor of Nairobi county, that I will diligently, discharge, my duties, and perform my functions in the said office and I will do justice to all in accordance with the Constitution and the laws of Kenya without fear favour, affection or ill will. So help me God," Sakaja swore.


President-elect William Ruto, who was accompanied by a host of elected and appointed leaders of the UDA party and Kenya Kwanza alliance, also attended the ceremony.

Nairobi County immediate former governor Anne Kananu and the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) boss,Major General Mohamed Badi, were also in attendance at KICC.


In his maiden speech, the former Nairobi Senator lauded his predecessor and his key challengers in the Nairobi gubernatorial race led by Jubilee Party’s Polycarp Igathe.

"I always believe that Nairobi is a working city and we will become an unstoppable force, this is what we stand for; a city of order, dignity, hope and opportunity for all. We can make Nairobi work together," Sakaja said.


He added, "I want to acknowledge my competitors, especially my friend Polycarp Igathe who I sat with recently and he excused himself today for he is traveling. Many of you might not know but running for office is above all an act of patriotism and courage. So thank you for engaging on the issues and moving the county and our politics forward in the most positive way. You are a true embodiment of Siasa Safi."

Sakaja promised to work for Nairobians during his five-year stint at City Hall. 


"Nairobi is full of vibrant culture, inspiration, ambition, energy and hope. All we need is a working city and we'll become unstoppable; a regional and global force."