Nairobi MCAs approve Mutunga for deputy governor post

Nairobi Deputy Governor nominee Paul Mutunga's name was on Thursday passed after 89 MCAs voted to adopt the report of the Appointments Committee.

Supporting the adoption of the report, Majority leader Abdi Hassan noted that despite Mutunga having an active case in court, he has not been charged and by law he is innocent until proven guilty.

"I believe the nominee is up to the task and is capable of steering the county together with the governor and NMS to deliver services to residents," he added.

Minority leader Michael Ogada stated that the previous positions served by Mutunga are enough evidence that he was competent and had servant leadership qualifications.

Being in the opposition, Ogada noted that Mutunga will be of great assistance to the Governor noting that the county cannot be run like a one man show.

"As the minority side we have no objection as the nominee is qualified and Nairobi has had peace for the past 10 months and he should continue with the good leadership with the Governor," he added.

Minority Whip Peter Imwatok said by filling the position of the DG, Mutunga would have solved a problem that was eating the county for the past three years.

"Its been a journey for three years to reach where we are and now we will have a full Cabinet. Mutunga defines the past, represents the current and the future," he added

Details of the the swearing in will be communicated next week.

Earlier, the graft queries came up during the vetting.

This was after three petitions were brought by members of the public who alleged the nominee was associated with graft.

County assembly speaker Benson Mutura said in the three petitions received, Mutunga was accused of being involved in land grabbing in Kayole, an illegal housing scheme in Makongeni and one involved corruption.

“There are three petitions that were received by the assembly where you have been mentioned on issues to do with corruption and land grabbing,” he said.

Last week, Nairobi Governor Ann Kananu nominated the former Mbotella councillor to be her deputy.

The public, through a notice by acting clerk of the county assembly Adah Onyango, had been invited to submit written evidence if they had any information on the suitability of the nominee.

Defending himself, Mutunga said he was not updated on the petitions and he has never been associated with any illegal activity.

“Whatever was tabled is unknown to me and I don’t deal with land matters and neither have I ever had interest in land in Kayole. I’m in real estate but the land I own is through purchase and inheritance only,” he added.

Mutunga had appeared before a 10-member select committee on  appointments, which is chaired by the speaker.

Majority leader Abdi Hassan and deputy majority leader Waithera Chege sought clarification on the graft queries.

However, Mutunga told the committee that he has never been charged in court, nor has he ever received any bribe, but said there was an active alleged graft case in court.

“On the issue of alleged corruption, the matter is in court and allow me not to mention anything that will interfere with the process but I have never been charged,” he added.

In 2019, Mutunga was accused alongside 13 others in a case where former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero was accused of graft relating to payment of Sh68 million to a legal firm.

The group faced charges of conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption; unlawful acquisition of public property; abuse of office, dealing with suspect property and money laundering.

The matter is still in court.


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