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BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,12TH JUNE 2018-Its back to the drawing board for Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko as far as nomination of his deputy is concerned after his choice of lawyer Miguna Miguna was rejected by the County Assembly on Tuesday afternoon.
According to Speaker Beatrice Elachi,the Assembly is not in a position to debate the nominee because a state officer cannot hold a dual citizenship.
“Article 78 of the constitution provides that a person is not eligible for election or appointment to a state office unless the person is a citizen of Kenya.Further ,the said Article provides that a State Officer or a member of the defense forces shall not hold dual citizenship,” she said.
She further added that the matter is of interest because the nominee is still in court fighting to acquire a Kenyan citizenship.
“This matter has raised considerable controversy not just within precincts,but beyond the realms of our hallowed precincts,” she added.
quoting the Public Appointments Act,2015 which provides for issues to be considered by relevant County Assembly in relation to any nomination,which include but not limited to any constitutional or statutory requirements relating to the office in question,she said the County Assembly is not in a position to vet the nominee because statutory required documents were not provided.
Governor Sonko’s decision to nominate Miguna Miguna was received by mixed feelings from across the political divide with Jubilee Party opposing the move.
The members of parliament and even the MCAs claim Miguna does not belong to the same political party with governor Sonko who is a member of Jubilee party.The same party sponsored his gubernatorial race.