A section of Members of the Nairobi County Assembly have vowed to reject the nomination of Miguna Miguna as Deputy Governor.
Despite Miguna scoffing at the nomination and terming it as a "malicious distraction and sideshow", Sonko maintained that he made the move in the spirit of political reconciliation and to promote national unity.
Speaking to Citizen TV via phone on Thursday, Sonko said he picked Miguna to help fight cartels at City Hall, among other duties. "I know that Miguna is the number one "anti-cartel", said Sonko.
On major announcements, Dr Miguna has always been among the first to give reactions on social media, including the famous handshake between Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta, which he christened as the hand-cheque.More news: Zuckerberg to meet European Parliament leaders
Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga chose to use mother tongue to hammer home the message to Nairobi governor who comes from the same ethnic community as him.
Kenyans will be waiting to see how this latest twist plays out, considering that Miguna is still persona non grata for the Kenyan government which has repeatedly said the lawyer denounced his citizenship as a Kenyan.
"Mr. Mike Sonko and I have not spoken, met or communicated since our gubernatorial debate in July 2017. Thank you for the encouraging support given to me so far", he said in a post on his Twitter account.
Miguna Miguna's appointment comes less than a week after Polycarp Igathe landed a top job at Equity Bank.More news: PayPal agrees to buy iZettle for Dollars 2.2 bn
The governor has been accused of nominating Miguna Miguna as his deputy to pre-empt his impeachment.
"Miguna will not become the Deputy Governor of Nairobi. Take that to the bank".
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