By Mourice Seretta
Nairobi Deputy Governor nominee on Friday appeared before the County Assembly’s Appointments Committee chaired by Majority Leader Abdi Guyo for vetting, just a day after the High Court dropped a case that wanted her vetting for the post stopped.
Kananu promised the committee that if approved for the position she will support the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS), a departure from the past where impeached Governor Mike Sonko was in constant wars with NMS.
She said that working closely with NMS will enable Nairobi residents get the services that they deserve.
“We need to support NMS for seamless flow of services for Nairobi residents. The outcry has been due to prior poor leadership and governance,” she told the committee.
Kananu also said that she will form a liason committee between the County and NMS in a bid to ensure a close and a better working relationship.
Kananu disclosed that she supports the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) which she says Nairobi should be left to remain as a County as that will ensure Nairobi residents get the benefits of devolution.
Eealier on, BBI had a clause that wanted the City County be considered a special County that was to be under the National Government.
Among the challenges Nairobi as a County faces which she promised to iron out include a bloated workforce and delays by the Exchequer on disbursement of funds.
Kananu said that most challenges facing the CECs and staff at the county were as a result of intimidation by the former county boss, Mike Sonko promising that if she gets in the DG position, she will not intimidate staff as the county will work in full transparency.
“All accounting officers should never fall victim to intimidation into approving things outside the law. They should stick to the rule of law since it is their signatures appended in the documents and not the Governor’s,” Kananu said.
She added that her working relationship with her colleagues has been smooth and she will treat everyone equally without favour.
The DG post nominee also said that City Residents should expect efficient service delivery if the MCAs approve her as the Deputy Governor as she believes in team work and would do follow the law to the letter to bring order at City Hall.
“As the chief officer for disaster management, I am the only one privileged to have visited in all the 804 villages in Nairobi, therefore I know the needs and the plans needed to bring better services to the people,” she told the committee.
Kananu highlighted that public participation would be involved in every decision made by the county that requires the people’s voice.
If she is approved for the DG post, Kananu will be sworn in as the new Nairobi Governor after the impeachment of Governor Sonko.
She will then become the first woman Nairobi Deputy Governor and later the first Nairobi woman Governor.