EXPAND HER NETWORK

Why Nairobi deputy governor visited ODM party leader

Ann Kananu's visit to Raila comes two days after a section of MCAs affiliated to his party hit out at her and Badi

In Summary

•In March, Kananu declared interest in contesting for Nairobi’s Gubernatorial seat next year.

•Minority Whip Peter Imwatok had given the Deputy Governor a seven-day ultimatum to reshuffle her administration or face unspecified actions. 

ODM Party leader Raila Odinga and Nairobi Deputy Governor Ann Kananu at his home in Karen on April 16
ODM Party leader Raila Odinga and Nairobi Deputy Governor Ann Kananu at his home in Karen on April 16
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Three months in office, Nairobi Deputy Governor Ann Kananu has managed to keep a low profile with her appearance seen in events linked to the capital.

From Inspecting projects with Nairobi Metropolitan Services  Director General Major General Mohamed Badi and escorting President Uhuru Kenyatta to launch city projects to chairing cabinet meeting, Kananu has evaded being in the public domain for the wrong reasons.

However, using her position to expand her network, Kananu on Thursday paid a visit to ODM Party leader Raila Odinga at his home in Karen.

“Today ( Thursday)  I paid a courtesy call to Raila Odinga and Mama Ida at their home. I presented them with a gift of Mbuzi and wished the family good health and long life,” read Kananu’s post

“Mama Ida and I were pleased to host Nairobi Deputy Governor and acting Governor Ann Kananu Mwenda. Asante kwa zawadi ya mbuzi” read Raila’s post.

Kananu’s Karen ‘tour’ was not just a normal visit and it couldn’t be a coincidence looking at the flow of events at city hall this week.

Her visit came two days after a section of ODM MCAs bashed her and Major General Mohamed Badi.

ODM Party leader Raila Odinga, Nairobi Deputy Governor Ann Kananu and Idah Odinga at Karen on April 16
ODM Party leader Raila Odinga, Nairobi Deputy Governor Ann Kananu and Idah Odinga at Karen on April 16
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On Tuesday, the MCAs led by the Minority leader Michael Ogada, Minority Whip Peter Iwmatok and his deputy Moses Ogeto held a press conference at the county assembly.

Minority Whip Peter Imwatok had given the Deputy Governor a seven-day ultimatum to reshuffle her administration or face unspecified actions. 

He had alleged some county officers who are in office were incompetent and others were being “mislead by outside forces" on how to execute county affairs.

“Kananu has seven days to bring changes in her administration at the county government. Failure to which we will take stern action once normal business resumes in the assembly,” Imwatok said.

Speaking to the Star on Friday, a senior county official who sought anonymity said that her visit to Raila was prompted by the press conference that was held by a section of ODM MCAs.

 “What made Kananu see Raila was city politics. Kananu has been in office for three months and out of the blues the MCAs decided to poke at the deputy governor,” the officer said.

The officer explained that Kananu even when she was a chief officer avoided being dragged into MCAs indifferences and was always independent.

“It has been in public how Nairobi MCAs have in the past been involved with power battles among themselves and with the executive. To avoid all the back and forth with MCAs, Kananu saw it best to take it up with the ODM party leader,” said the officer.

A second term ODM MCA who also sought anonymity said after her visit to Raila, the legislators will have to take a step back from dragging Kananu into petty issues.

“We all know Kananu had the blessings of Raila and Uhuru for her to become the deputy governor. The press conference by my assembly leaders trying to poke Kananu was petty and I know that is why she went to Karen,” said the MCA.

 

Edited by Kiilu Damaris