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Kananu’s ascension legal, Court rules

Nairobi Deputy Governor, Anne Kananu, can now heave a sigh of relief after a Three-Judge Bench of the High Court sitting in Nairobi upheld her ascension to the position of Nairobi Governor. The Bench ruled that Kananu was vetted in line with requisite provisions.

However, Kananu was not able to assume office left vacant following the impeachment of Mike Sonko, after the latter took to court a petition challenging her appointment.

In their ruling, Justices Said Chitembwe, Weldon Korir and Wilfrida Okwany, said Members of the County Assembly followed due process while considering Kananu who had initially been nominated by Sonko as his Deputy before a legal dispute slowed the vetting process.

“…It is our finding that the nomination, vetting, approval and swearing-in of Anne Kananu, as the Deputy Governor, was Constitutional, and complied with applicable laws,” said Lady Justice Okwany.

The ruling further read that the Judges, therefore, found no error in the action of the Nairobi County Assembly to conclude the process of vetting, Anne Kananu Mwenda, after the impeachment of Mike Sonko.

In the same ruling, the Judges also upheld the decision of the Senate and the Nairobi County Assembly that led to the impeachment of   Former Nairobi Governor, Mike Mbuvi Sonko.

In their ruling, Justices Juma Chitembwe, Wilfrida Okwany and Weldon Korir, were unanimous that the County Assembly and the Senate followed the law in their removal of Sonko from office and that he was accorded a fair hearing, declaring the process as Constitutional.

By Alice Gworo

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