Controversies continue to surround embattled Nairobi governor Mike Sonko over his decision to nominate a deputy governor. This is after the ODM party moved to block the vetting of deputy governor nominee Ann Kanunu Mwenda citing alleged memoranda of understanding to appoint the deputy governor from the ODM party. According to Makadara Mp and Nairobi ODM chairman George Aladwa, the ODM party had an understanding with Jubilee party top leadership to offer the position to the ODM party as a sign of good will and in extension and appreciation of the handshake. According to insiders aware with the agreement believe to have been negotiated by State house operatives affiliated to ODM leader Raila Odinga, Edwin Sifuna- the party secretary general had been earmarked for the position.
“We will be challenging the constitutionality of the decision considering Mike Sonko has been barred from discharging his duties including appointing any officer. Mike Sonko therefore cannot purport to appoint any one, leave alone a deputy governor’, he said
Mike Sonko’s decision to nominate Ann Mwenda who currently works as a chief officer caught many by surprise. The former flamboyant politican has kept a low profile since being dragged to court over corruption and abuse of office.
The Director Public Prosecution has signaled he we be seeking to have the Nairobi governor bail terms quashed for contravening bail conditions. According to DPP, Mike Sonko was effectively rendered powerless by the decision of Justice Ngugi which was upheld by the court of appeal
Nairobi speaker Beatrice Elachi has also been drawn into the controversy saying she will be making a ruling based on the law and Jubilee constitution whether to approve the vetting of the nominee.