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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,17TH MAY 2018-Even though Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has nominated lawyer Miguna Miguna for the post of deputy governor, there still lies huddles that he must deal with before he can have any hope.According to Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi , Miguna Miguna must settle his citizenship row before being vetted for the position.
Elachi who was speaking on RADIO CITIZEN on Thursday morning ,also says that the entire process may take more than a month depending on when the matter will be resolved.
“I will tell him, first of all you are a Canadian and until you clear your issues with the Kenyan government, then is when we can now understand that we have a Deputy Governor, the law states very clearly that you have to be a Kenyan,” she stated. “You know there are procedures also when you are vying as a member and this is a political position and so you have to go through the same vetting of a political position,” she said .
She explained that only then can the County Assembly take up the matter and vet him for the post.
“It can take us three, four months. It means Nairobi residents will not have a deputy governor until September, November. First of all we have to clear with that side; see Miguna enter Kenya and then now we will know we have a nominee and start thinking how to proceed to ensure we get him through the right process,” she said.
“My boss has done what the law is telling him. For him he has followed… you want a deputy governor, this is what I feel, this is my nominee; from there, he will leave it now to us. We are also very independent and so now us we will follow the law because we are the ones who create those laws. As you can see, the handshake is doing something.”
The deputy’s post in Nairobi County fell vacant following the resignation of Polycarp Igathe on January 12, citing frustrations over failing to earn the trust of his boss in the management of county affairs.
Elachi’s sentiments comes just days after Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja stated that Miguna cannot be the Deputy Governor of Nairobi.