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January 19, 2019

Is Miguna Nairobi's best bet? Sakaja rejects nomination by Sonko

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja with Governor Mike Sonko during a function in the city on May 1, 2018. /JACK OWUOR
Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja with Governor Mike Sonko during a function in the city on May 1, 2018. /JACK OWUOR

A Twitter user has requested for spoilers on Kenya's politics because the developments are shocking and the people are never ready.

Top on the list is still the March 9 handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and President William Ruto.

And now there is Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko's nomination of lawyer and NRMKe General Miguna Miguna to the Deputy Governor post. 

Sonko has been on his own since January when Polycarp Igathe resigned, saying he had given up trying to win his trust.

The county chief got Igathe from Vivo Energy so some thought their relationship would not work as they were from two different worlds.

The Jubilee Party Governor has now gone for severe critic of the government, who also doesn't seem to be getting along with Raila.

More on this: Sonko nominates Miguna as Deputy Governor

Related: Polycarp Igathe heads to Equity Bank as Chief Commercial Officer

A section of leaders and members of the public, including Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, are displeased with this development.

On Twitter on Thursday, Sakaja wrote: "Miguna will not become the Deputy Governor of Nairobi. Take that to the bank."

Senators perform watchdog duties so Sakaja's position is important.

More so, Nairobi is key as it is the capital yet Sonko scored a D+ on service delivery in a survey by Trends and Insights for Africa (Tifa).

The Governor needs to transform the city, and fast, as residents are tired or poor infrastructure and the many problems Nairobi is facing.

Governors have complained in the past that Senators have overstepped.

Read: Nairobians give Sonko D+ on service delivery


Nairobi's Majority Chief Whip Mwaura Chege said the lawyer, who was deported to Canada in March and didn't return as expected on Wednesday, cannot be the deputy.

Read: I'm not returning today, go on hunger strike, Miguna tells patriots

"Miguna hapana, hata kama mimi ni msemaji wa serikali, huyo hapana," he said.

This directly translates to: "MIguna 'no', even if I am a government spokesperson, that one 'no'."

Kimanzi said: "The same day Miguna was to return to Kenya but was denied re-entry is the same day Sonko nominates him. Please, whoever is writing the Kenyan politics script, start giving us spoilers. We weren’t ready."

Blogger Robert Alai said: "Miguna will mess this with one stupid opinion. [He] doesn’t know when to shut up."

Miguna is known for harsh remarks on live TV, social media and other platforms. He has gone as far as blocking some people.

'@ItsMutai' said: "Sonko has effectively shown Jubilee cartels a middle finger and basically told them to go dry by nominating Miguna."

'BKhanir' wondered, however, if the Governor thought this through.

"Miguna is the kind of a person who can fire his boss," he said of the lawyer who tried his hand at being the county chief in last year's election.

'@fnoluga' said " Miguna should surprise us by accepting Sonko's nomination. Forget Cuban doctors. This is the real deal."

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Lawyer Nelson Havi was of the view that Miguna deserved the nominations.

"The cartels are now in deep shit," he said.

Disembe added: "Sonko’s strength is in his disdain for entrenched cartels fleecing Nairobi. Perhaps that is where Miguna comes in - to completely assist the governor in dismantling them and reinvigorate ‘service delivery."

Lawyer Donald Kipkorir believes Sonko is making history.

"Abraham Lincoln, America’s greatest President, appointed his most bitter rivals to the Cabinet. Professor Doris Kearns Goodwin captured it in her book 'Team Of Rivals'. Sonko-Miguna may save Nairobi.

Earlier, Nairobi Speaker Beatrice Elachi said Miguna will not be vetted until the government clarifies his citizenship status.

The firebrand lawyer was deported following a crackdown on those involved in Opposition leader Raila Odinga's January 30 oath ceremony.

In an interview with Royal Media's Hot96 FM on Thursday, Elachi said Miguna's nomination is political but that he must be subjected to the normal vetting process at the county assembly.

More on this: We won't vet Miguna until state clarifies his citizenship status - Elachi

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