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January 19, 2019

Sonko nominates Miguna as Deputy Governor

Miguna Miguna's lawyer holds the nomination letter for his client./GPS
Miguna Miguna's lawyer holds the nomination letter for his client./GPS

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has nominated Miguna Miguna as his deputy. 

Sonko made the shocking announcement on Wednesday evening in a letter to the Speaker of the county assembly Beatrice Elachi. 

He said Miguna meets all the requirements provided for in the constitution to be his deputy.

"In regard to the Supreme Court advisory to the appointment of a deputy governor, upon the seat falling vacant, I hereby forward my nominee Lawyer Miguna Miguna to undergo a full vetting process and approval by the County assembly for the position," Sonko said in the letter dated May 16, 2018. 

The county's deputy director of Communication Elkana Jacob and Miguna's lawyer Cliff Ombetta confirmed the appointment.

"I will present the letter tomorrow morning at the county assembly," Ombeta told The Star.

It was not clear in what capacity he would do so as it is the Governor who is supposed to present the letter to the Speaker.

The nomination comes two days after a section of MCAs gave the governor seven days to nominate a deputy or face legal action. 

It also comes hours after Miguna cancelled his flight to Kenya citing the government's failure to issue him with a valid passport.

Miguna has been in Canada where he was deported twice when he failed to comply with government’s demands to settle his dispute over his citizenship. 

He was first deported to Canada and later on Dubai before going back to Canada to undergo medical treatment after he claimed to have been drugged and physically abused and put on a plane from the JKIA. 

In the last election, Miguna vied for the governor's position as an independent candidate but lost to Sonko. 

Recently on May 5, Sonko while attending the swearing in of Caroline Karugu as Deputy Governor of Nyeri, hinted that he would nominate a member of the Kikuyu community as his deputy.

Miguna is a Luo by tribe. 

Read: I don’t have beef with Kikuyus, says Sonko

Sonko has been without a deputy after Polycarp Igathe resigned on January 12 saying he had failed to earn his trust.

Related: Igathe resigns as Deputy Governor, says Sonko doesn't trust him

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