Tuju Speaks on Letter Nominating Beatrice Elachi as Nairobi Deputy Governor

A letter doing rounds on social media showing that Jubilee Party had nominated Beatrice Wanjiru Elachi as Nairobi County Deputy Governor is fake.

Jubilee’s Secretary General Raphael Tuju, whose name bears in the letter, on Thursday afternoon, disowned it as fake.

In the letter, it had been indicated that Nairobi County is facing a unique leadership crisis following the arrest and arraignment of Governor Mike Sonko who has hence been barred from accessing office.

The letter says that Jubilee being a majority party in Nairobi County Assembly, it had decided to find someone who will perform official duties on behalf of Sonko, following eyebrows raised when Sonko nominated Anne Kananu Mwenda as his deputy.

Sonko nominated Anne Kananu Mwenda to be his Deputy, despite a court order barring him from conducting official county business during the period he is facing corruption charges.

Sonko’s nominee is currently serving as the Chief Officer in charge of the Disaster Management Services.

Nairobi has been without a deputy governor since January 2018 when Polycarp Igathe resigned citing frustrations from his boss, and the crisis at City Hall hit fever pitch in December 2019 when Sonko was arrested and charged with corruption, and ordered to stay away from office until his case is heard and determined.

Sonko, who denied corruption charges in a Ksh357 million scandal, is out on bond after posting Sh15 million cash bail.

He was charged alongside City Hall employees and suppliers who benefited from the scam in which some wired money directly into the Governor’s bank accounts, according to court records and charges read out to him.

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