Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi has confirmed that Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has nominated rival Miguna Miguna as his deputy.
“The governor has given us a nominee. We will follow the law. The Constitution is clear that a deputy governor needs to be a Kenyan citizen. I would tell Miguna to first clear his issues with the Kenyan government. He is Canadian. That procedure can take us three to four months,” said Speaker Elachi on Hot 96 FM.
Mr Miguna’s lawyer Cliff Ombeta on Wednesday said that Mr Sonko has settled on the embattled opposition politician as his deputy, a surprise announcement that was greeted with unbelief since Mr Miguna was one of his fiercest critics in the race for the Nairobi governor’s seat.
Nairobi County Deputy Communication Director Elkana Jacob shared the letter on his Facebook account but it was greeted with doubt with many City Hall sources reluctant to confirm its details.
However, Mr Miguna has not yet confirmed or denied the appointment.
The county boss has been under pressure to nominate a deputy since the departure of Polycarp Igathe in January this year.