Nairobi Governor Ann Kananu has nominated former councillor Paul Mutunga Mutungi as the Deputy Governor.
Confirming the same, Jubilee Party SG Raphael Tuju said this was after consultations from the party leadership.
“As Jubilee Party, we did wide consultations and a decision on the nominee was arrived at. These kinds of issues need wide consultations,” Tuju told Star.
Yesterday, Ann Kananu was sworn in as Nairobi’s third Governor following the impeachment of Mike Sonko over graft allegations.
Kananu who has been in and out of court over her swearing-in becomes the fourth woman to become a county chief since the inception of devolution in 2013.
The ceremony presided over by Judge Lillian Mutende, took place at the KICC Comesa grounds.
“The responsibility bestowed upon me as governor of Nairobi is no mean feat. However, I confidently state that with your support I am up to the task and I will serve you to the best of my ability,” she said.
Noting that she is not the first woman at the helm of leadership in Nairobi, Kananu stated that she stands high on the shoulders of women who came before her.
“Nairobi is no stranger to women leadership. In 1971 the City elected as mayor, H.E the Late Margaret Kenyatta, the first African woman mayor of Kenya’s capital city and the second African woman mayor in the country,” she said.
“Her tenure in office was marked by many developmental programs and prioritized the issues of women, children, and education, which she viewed as the hope for Kenya’s future.”
She pledged to continue cushioning city residents from the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“As your governor and as a mother, I feel your pain and it for this reason that during my tenure in office I have focused on cushioning Nairobi residents and businesses from the impact of the pandemic,” she stated.
Kananu also promised to sink more boreholes, install 10 water tanks in each ward across the county and additionally launch a post-COVID recovery plan focused on improving security, local policing, lighting and sanitation within the next 30 days.