A business group in Nairobi has thrown their weight behind the appointment of Ann Kananu Mwenda as the Deputy Governor of Nairobi county.
Governor Mike Sonko appointed Mwenda to deputize him earlier in the week amidst fears that the absence of a governor and a deputy governor in Nairobi could paralyze critical operations in the county.
In press conference in Nairobi on Friday, Susan Nyaga a business lady and a member of the Professional business group, congratulated governor Sonko for nominating a woman saying the move promotes the advancement of gender equality .
Mwenda urged members of county assembly to consider her nomination in the spirit of the handshake that created the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) that supports gender equality.
” For us we are saying, let’s give Ann Mwenda a chance since she has done very well in the disaster management docket .” said Nyaga.
According to Boniface Njau who is an advocate, the governor has saved the Nairobi city county government from being rendered functionless.
“The absence of the governor and deputy governor in Nairobi county is adverse to the interests of the Nairobi residents who will be denied the essential services rendered by the executive committees,” Said Njau.
However, the nomination of Mwenda was opposed by the director of public prosecutions Noordin Haji saying governor Sonko was against the law to nominate Mwenda since he has been blocked from accessing his office by a court of law.
“We will move to court to challenge this move. The court was clear on what Sonko cannot do. To purport to have power to name a deputy while his case is still on is a violation of the bail terms given to him,” the DPP warned.