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January 18, 2019

Miguna not Jubilee choice for DG, Sonko must consult Uhuru - Duale

A file photo of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko with National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale.
A file photo of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko with National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale.

Majority Leader Aden Duale wants Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko to drop lawyer Miguna Miguna as Deputy Governor nominee.

The Garisssa Town MP said on Thursday that President Uhuru Kenyatta should be consulted on who should become the city's DG.

Uhuru is the leader of Jubilee Party in which Sonko is a member. Miguna vied for Nairobi Governor as an independent candidate and later declared himself the General of the National Resistance Movement, which was under the Opposition's National Super Alliance.

"Miguna's name should be dropped and Uhuru consulted on who the Jubilee choice for DG is," Duale said in a phone interview.

"Miguna is not a member of the party thus he is not qualified under the Political Parties Act and the timelines given in it."

Read: Sonko nominates Miguna as Deputy Governor

Duale further noted that there are a number of unanswered questions regarding Miguna's citizenship and his eligibility to run for any office, so he would be disqualified under the IEBC Act.

"The Nairobi Deputy Governor must be somebody whom the party, through its leadership. has discussed and agreed upon. Miguna is not the choice of Jubilee, bearing in mind that as a party we see serious issues of integrity around him."

He added: "What we are asking Sonko is to humbly drop that name and consult the President, who is the party leader."

The National Assembly Majority Leader, however, dismissed claims that the Governor has fallen out with the Executive and that he nominated Miguna to send a message.

He said Sonko might be having issues with the Office of the President but that this does not mean he is at crossroads with Uhuru.

"They flew together to Solai yesterday. If they were not in good terms they would not have flown in the same chopper."

After the handshake between Uhuru and Nasa principal Raila Odinga, Duale said the government would facilitate Miguna's return to the country.

He told a public gathering that the lawyer would be free to vie for any office in the 2022 general election.

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

Elachi said Miguna would have to undergo the proper vetting process while Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja opposed the move.

Abdi Guyo, the Nairobi Assembly Majority leader, said they will reject Miguna.

More on this: Is Miguna Nairobi's best bet? Sakaja rejects nomination by Sonko

Also See:We won't vet Miguna until state clarifies his citizenship status - Elachi

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