Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi . PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITUNairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi . PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
By NAIROBI NEWS REPORTER

Nairobi Speaker  Beatrice Elachi has confirmed receiving Governor Mike Sonko’s letter on his choice of deputy governor nominee.

In a Thursday interview with Hot 96 FM, Ms Elachi said the nominee must be Kenyan and lawyer Miguna Miguna needs to resolve his citizenship row with the Immigration Department.

Ms Elachi said she will initiate the process of vetting and approval of the nominee, which will take three to four months.

“The governor has given us a nominee. We will follow the law. The Constitution is clear that a deputy governor needs to be a Kenyan citizen. I would tell Miguna to first clear his issues with the Kenyan government. He is Canadian. That procedure can take us three to four months,” said Speaker Elachi on Hot 96 FM.

Mr Miguna’s lawyer Cliff Ombeta on Wednesday said that Mr Sonko has settled on the embattled opposition politician as his deputy, a surprise announcement that was greeted with unbelief since Mr Miguna was one of his fiercest critics in the race for the Nairobi governor’s seat.

Nairobi County Deputy Communication Director Elkana Jacob shared the letter on his Facebook account but it was greeted with doubt with many City Hall sources reluctant to confirm its details.

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However, Mr Miguna has not yet confirmed or denied the appointment.

The county boss has been under pressure to nominate a deputy since the departure of Polycarp Igathe in January this year.

Mr Ombeta said Mr Miguna’s name has been forwarded to the Speaker Elachi for vetting and approval.

“Yes, it’s true and I will be headed to City Hall this morning[Thursday],” said Mr Ombeta.