Lawyer Miguna Miguna has declined his nomination by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko to become his deputy, terming it a malicious distraction.
According to KTN News anchor Akisa Wandera, Miguna says he has no idea what people are talking about.
“Reached out to Miguna for a comment on the DG nomination. His response; Good afternoon? I have no idea what nearly everyone seems to be talking about. It’s a malicious distraction. That’s all I am saying!” the news anchor posted on her Facebook page Thursday afternoon.
The rejection comes even as his nomination to replace Polycarp Igathe, who quit in January, continued to dominate debate online and offline.
Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi had confirmed receiving Sonko’s letter but says he needs to regularise his Kenyan citizenship to the meet the requirements of the Constitution.
“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. He is Canadian. That procedure can take us three to four months,” Elachi told a local radio station.
It is a condition Miguna, who before the elections had declared he would not work under Sonko, was unlikely to agree to as he insists the Kenyan national ID is adequate proof of citizenship.
National Assembly Speaker Aden Duale had, meanwhile, said he would sent him a passport to return to the country as part of the Building the Bridges Initiative spearheaded by President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga.
“And Miguna will come back so that Kenya can be united. Miguna is a Kenyan and his absence is unpleasant to some. I will sent him a passport to facilitate his return then he can organise a homecoming in Kisumu and elsewhere and then become deputy governor,” he said at a function in Eastleigh, Nairobi.