Why Paul Mutunga’s swearing-in as Nairobi Deputy Governor will take time

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 29 Nov, 2021 15:11 | 2 mins read
Paul Mutunga Mutungi. PHOTO/COURTESY

Court cases that are threatening the swearing in of Paul Mutunga as the Deputy Governor Nairobi County can now be revealed.

Mutunga was early last week appointed as the new Deputy Governor of Nairobi by Ann Kananu who was recently sworn in as the city governor.

However, Nairobi-based activist Okiya Omtatah moved to court to question the speed at which the vetting and approval was done.

Omtatah also raised concerns saying that Mutunga was not fit to occupy the office as he was having an active graft case.

In one case, Mutunga is part of 14 individuals including a former governor who have been accused of embezzling Ksh58 million by illegally paying a law firm that is handling a case between the abolished Nairobi City Council and a private company.

Details of the case reveal that Mutunga received a total of Ksh5 million from the money that was allegedly stolen from the county coffers.

In the case, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji has already approved a total of five charges against Mutunga.

They include; Money laundering, conspiracy to commit an offence of graft, fraud, unlawful acquisition of public property and two counts of dealing with suspect property.

In 2014, Mutunga who served as the Chief of Staff was accused of obtaining Ksh5 million from a law firm; money that was meant to be public property.

Omtatah argued that the cases were enough proof that Mutunga was not fit to be the Deputy Governor of Nairobi County.

He also said that he was yet to be approved by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

The idea to have him cleared by the electoral agency was started by Jubilee Party secretary General Raphael Tuju.

In a letter to IEBC, Tuju sought clearance but IEBC said that it was governor Kananu who can make such a request.