Anne Kananu Blocked From Assuming Governor’s Office

Human Rights Activist Okiya Omtatah during a past court session.
  • Ann Kananu will continue serving as Nairobi Deputy Governor after the Court of Appeal barred her from being sworn in as the county’s Governor.

    Speaking to kenyagist.com, Activist Okiya Omtatah disclosed that he obtained the orders to give ample time to the Court of Appeal to determine another suit.

    He noted that the matter risked being passed by events.

    “(I filed the petition) to allow the Court of Appeal determine a pending appeal without the matter being overtaken by events,” explained Omtatah.

    Human Rights Activist Okiya Omtatah during a past court session.

    A three-judge bench consisting of Wanjiru Karanja, Jessie Lessit and Justice Jamila Mohammed ruled that the freeze orders would be in place till October 22, 2021.

    Kananu was sworn in as the county’s deputy governor in January 2021 to very little fanfare with some lawyers claiming that the exercise did not follow the law.

    Shortly after assuming the office, the High Court temporarily blocked her from ascending to the top seat pending the hearing of a petition filed by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC).

    “We have secured a significant victory with the high court temporarily stopping the swearing-in & assumption of office of Anne Kananu pending the hearing of a petition filed by the KHRC & LSK.

    “The court has just blocked the attempt at illegal subversion of our constitution,†noted KHRC at the time.

    Kananu, who was set to take over from former Governor Mike Sonko, had been nominated for the DG post by the then county boss but her approval stretched out till he was impeached in December 2020.

    According to the law, ‘If a vacancy occurs in the office of county governor, the deputy county governor shall assume office as county governor for the remainder of the term of the county governor.’

    In April, Kananu declared her interest to vie for Nairobi Gubernatorial seat in 2022.

    Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko during his impeachment hearing in December 2020.
    Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko during his impeachment hearing in December 2020.
  • Source: KENYAGIST.COM