By Mourice Seretta
Anne Kananu Mwenda has been sworn in as Nairobi’s Deputy Governor.
Kananu was sworn in at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) on Friday afternoon.
The move came after the County Assembly’s Appointments Committee approved her nomination on Friday morning.
Kananu was the Security Supervisor in charge of Quality Control and Training at Kenya Airports Authority before joining City Hall as Chief Officer in charge of Disaster Management and Coordination in May, 2018. A position she held until her endorsement Friday.
Giving her speech after the swearing-in ceremony graced by Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Director-General Mohammed Badi, the Deputy Governor pledged to diligently serve Nairobi residents.
” I affirm my commitment to serve the people of Nairobi with utmost dedication, focus, discipline and integrity. I equally in the same vein commit to work and cooperate closely with NMS boss Major General Badi and his team to ensure the transferred functions are further strengthened to meet aspirations of Nairobians” she said.
Kananu also thanked President Kenyatta for showing his faith in her to serve in that position.
She further said that she will cooperate and work closely with Nairobi County Assembly.
Kanana had faced hurdles before today’s happenings after cases were filed against her nomination to the post by former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.
However the cases were later dropped leading to her being vetted and swearing in on Friday.
It will be a matter of time to see whether she will ascend to be the next City Governor as some lawyers argue that it is only pssible for a Deputy Governor who is in office to take over as Governor and not the route that Kananu’s matter had taken.
The deputy governor office had been vacant since Polycarp Igathe resigned in January 2018, citing an inability to gain Sonko’s trust, which he said would affect his ability to serve the city effectively.