Nairobi Speaker Benson Mutura was on Monday, December 21, sworn in as the interim Governor for the next 60 days following the ouster of Mike Mbuvi Sonko last week.
Mutura took the oath of office at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) at around 10 am.
During the ceremony, which was conducted under heavy police presence, Mutura assured Kenyans that he was ready to commit to his work in serving the people of Nairobi.
“You have elected me to various positions in the city and I have never failed you. This will not be the first time,” he said.
Mutura promised to end the budget crisis in the county so that service delivery is realised.
Mutura was initially supposed to be sworn in on Friday, but the ceremony had to be postponed after the magistrate who was to preside over the event arrived late.
The Nairobi Governor by-election will be held early next year, around February 15, 2021, which will be within 60 days of the Senate impeachment vote.
According to Article 182 4 and 5, the County Assembly Speaker assumes the Governor’s office in a case where the Deputy Governor is unable to take over following a vacancy.
Polycarp Igathe, who was the Nairobi Deputy Governor, resigned in January 2018 citing Sonko’s lack of confidence in him.