Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko caused ripples across the country by nominating embattled lawyer Miguna Miguna as his deputy.
Sonko made the unexpected pronouncement on Wednesday evening in a letter to the Speaker of the County Assembly saying the former Governor aspirant meets all the requirements as provided for in the constitution.
“I hereby forward my nominee, Lawyer Miguna Miguna to undergo full vetting process and approval by the County Assembly for the position of Deputy Governor.
“The nominee meets all the requirements provided for in the Constitution, the Leadership and Integrity Act, the Elections Act and County Government Act,” the letter reads.
The letter, now doing rounds on the internet, evoked mixed feelings from Kenyans as it came at such an unexpected moment.
Miguna postponed his return to the country saying the Immigration Department was yet to furnish him with a valid Kenyan passport as directed by the Court. He was scheduled to arrive on May 16 despite being deported by the Government twice over the past three months.
He was to jet back into the country on the same day the alleged letter of his nomination as the deputy governor Nairobi County was drafted.
Kenyans have flooded social media with comments on the move by Governor Sonko. Here are some of the trending reactions:
The same day Miguna Miguna was to return to Kenya but was denied re entry is the same day Sonko nominates him for position of Deputy Governor.
Please whoever is writing the Kenyan politics script start giving us spoilers, we weren’t ready. — Kimanzi®™ (@Kimanzi_) May 16, 2018
Did sonko think this through, Miguna Miguna is the kind of a person who can fire his boss. — Brian Khaniri (@BKhaniri) May 16, 2018
Nairobi people on social media are an interesting cohort. You declined to vote for Miguna Miguna just 7 months ago, but now you laud his appointment as Deputy Governor as a genius move? What do people smoke in this country? — Gabriel Oguda (@gabrieloguda) May 17, 2018