• While picking Mutungi, Kananu has highlighted she considered leadership qualities and competence among other issues.
• Mutunga made a come back to city politics early this year after being appointed as Chief of Staff by Speaker Mutura when he was Acting Governor.
Nairobi Governor Ann Kananu has nominated former Mbotela Councillor Paul Mutunga Mutungi as her deputy.
In a letter, the governor has informed Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Benson Mutura of the nomination noting that there is a vacancy in the office of the Deputy Governor
The position was left vacant following her swearing-in as Nairobi’s third Governor on Tuesday.
“In this regard, and pursuant to Section Pursuant to Section 32C (1)(a) of the County Governments Act, I do hereby nominate Mr Paul Mutunga Mutungi to the position of Deputy Governor,” reads the letter.
While picking Mutungi, Kananu has highlighted she considered leadership qualities and competence among other issues.
“In considering this nomination, I have taken into account his professional qualifications, leadership qualities, gender balance and competencies necessary for the Deputy Governor’s seat,” she noted.
Consequently, Kananu has requested the Speaker to expedite the vetting process of the nominee for purposes of appointment
“I therefore humbly urge the county assembly to expedite the vetting process of the nominee for purposes of appointment, pursuant to the provision of section 8 (1) (a) and 32D(3) of the County Government Act,” reads the letter.
The Supreme Court Advisory of March 2018 states that a governor should fill the vacancy within 14 days.
However, the nominee will only take the oath of office after the respective county assembly has approved him/her within 60 days.
Earlier, Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju had confirmed to the Star that a decision has already been made on who will deputise Kananu after wide consultations.
Mutungi made a come back to city politics early this year after being appointed as Chief of Staff by Speaker Mutura when he was Acting Governor.
In 2017, he was an Embakasi South MP aspirant under the Jubilee Party but lost to ODM’s Julius Mawathe
Following the new development, it is likely Speaker Mutura will table the name in the assembly on Thursday and commit it to the appointment committee.
The 10-member Select committee on the Appointments team is led by the Speaker as its chairperson and Majority Leader as the vice-chair.
The Clerk of the County Assembly will then through a notice published in the local dailies will the communicate the vetting date and time of the Deputy Governor nominee.
After vetting, the appointment committee will then table a report in chambers for the house to either adopt or reject.
Edited by D Tarus
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