NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 18 – Nairobi Speaker Benson Mutura announced his decision to stand down as Acting Governor on Monday ceding the Office of the Governor to the newly installed Deputy Governor Ann Kananu.
Kananu was installed on Friday after she was vetted by a 10-member appointments panel in a session that lasted barely an hour.
The Deputy Governor had been nominated in January 2020 by then Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko who was later impeached in December 2020.
Kananu was not however vetted after a court suspended proceeding to consider the nomination pending the determination of a suit challenging Sonko’s decision.
Her impending inauguration as Governor is part of an elaborate scheme to evade a by-election under Article 182 (5) which requires the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Election (IEBC) to hold a by-election within sixty days of the Speaker’s assumption as Acting Governor.
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