Embattled lawyer and firebrand politician Miguna Miguna could be the next Deputy Governor of Nairobi. This after Governor Mike Sonko nominated him for the seat that has remianed vacant following Polycarp Igathe’s resignation in January.
Sonko reportedly made the shocking announcement on Wednesday, coinciding with Miguna Miguna’s unsuccessful return to the country.
The underfire County boss forwarded Miguna’s name to Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi on Wednesday evening for vetting and approval by the House.
According to Sonko, Miguna – a former Nairobi gubernatorial candidate – meets all the requirements provided for in the constitution to be his deputy.
“In regard to the Supreme Court advisory to the appointment of a deputy governor, upon the seat falling vacant, I hereby forward my nominee Lawyer Miguna Miguna to undergo full vetting process and approval by the County assembly for the position,” reads the nomination letter.
“The nominee meets all the requirements provided for in the Constitution, the Leadership and Integrity Act, the Elections Act and County Government Act.”
The nomination comes days after Opposition MCAs gave Sonko seven days to nominate a deputy or face legal action.
Miguna is yet to issue a statement but lawyer Cliff Ombeta, who is part of Miguna’s legal team, has since received the nomination letter.
The self-styled NRM General canceled his return citing the government’s failure to facilitate his “unconditional” re-entry to Kenya.
Miguna said he had decided to postpone his return and instructed his legal team to seek legal redress over the alleged refusal by the state to issue him with a travel document.
He said he would announce his new return date as soon as the court gives further directions on the matter.