Anne Kananu has been sworn-in as Nairobi’s deputy governor.
Furniture, flags and tables were moved from across the Nairobi county assembly to KICC on Friday afternoon following her approval by the Appointments committee in the morning.
The committee, while approving Kananu, said she was cleared by KRA, EACC, had a degree and fulfilled other requirements for the job.
The MCAs, when debating on her suitability to hold the post, said Kananu has proven integrity seeing as her three years at the county’s Disaster and Emergency Management as well as the Water dockets have not been marred by queries.
Kananu who was nominated as deputy governor by Sonko was vetted at City Hall early after the court threw out an application by Sonko to stop the exercise and subsequent swearing-in of Kananu as Deputy Governor.
This was despite a spirited fight to erect a hurdle against the process. The court on Friday dismissed an application by Omtatah to halt the exercise.
According to Justice Mrima, although the case filed and supported by Sonko has legal issues to be determined, they had not proved that they would suffer any loss should Kananu be vetted.
The judge said it is impossible to tell whether the county will reject or approve her and that the court has powers to reverse the process in the event it finds she was not properly nominated.
“The court is called upon to balance the interest of the petitioners and the general public. Given the legal issues remain unsettled, there is wisdom for constitutional bodies to carry out their mandate as the parties battle in court,” ruled Justice Murima.
Kananu has said she will support and work with the Nairobi Metropolitan Services team headed by Maj. Gen. (Rtd.) Mohammed Badi.
Speaking on Friday when she appeared before Nairobi County Assembly Appointments committee led by Majority Leader Abdi Guyo, she said unlike former Governor Mike Sonko, she will work with the General Mohammed Badi-led agency to improve services.
“I will work together with NMS to make sure whatever plans are put in place are accomplished.”
On garbage collection, the incoming deputy governor noted that she would implement the Garbage Collection Act and look into converting waste into energy as well as seeking alternative sites for dumping.
During questioning, Kananu was cornered into declaring her stand on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), to which she answered in the affirmative.