Nairobi governor Mike Sonko has nominated controversial lawyer Miguna Miguna for the position of deputy governor.
In a letter dated Wednesday, May 16, addressed to Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi, Sonko noted the nominee would undergo vetting before assuming his position.
“The nominee meets all the requirements provided for in the constitution,” Sonko said in the letter.
Despite the nomination, it remains unclear if Miguna will take up the position, with the lawyer facing immigration issues after his controversial deportation to Canada in March 2018.
Miguna, who unsuccessfully vied for the city’s top job during the August 2017 General Election was anticipated to return to the country on Wednesday, May 16, but later cancelled the trip.
Both Miguna and Sonko do not see eye to eye politically, having engaged in a bitter exchange of words throughout the campaign period.
The deputy governor’s position fell vacant after the surprise resignation of Polycarp Igathe earlier in 2018 afte his fallout with Sonko.
In his resignation letter, Igathe claimed he had failed to earn the governor’s trust to enable him work at the county.
“Dear Nairobians, it is with a heavy heart that I resign my seat as elected deputy governor of Nairobi City County effective 1pm on 31st Jan 2018.
“I regret I have failed to earn the trust of the Governor to enable me to drive admin and management of the county. Without fear, favour or ill will, I step down to avoid abusing or betraying my oath of office to Kenyans, Nairobians and my family. Thank you for the encouraging support given to me so far,” he added.
It remains to be seen if Miguna will accept the job offer even as he remains deported in Canada.