The swearing in Ceremony of Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Benson Mutura as the acting Nairobi Governor that was scheduled to take place today Friday, December 18, 2020 has been postponed.
Sources privy to the event have revealed that the Swearing in Ceremony of former Makadara Member of parliament Benson Mutura as the acting Nairobi Governor failed to take place due to time restrictions.
The Assumption of Office Committee Chairperson Justus Kathenge stated that the judge who was to preside over the swearing in ceremony arrived late prompting the event to be postponed to a later date.
“The Constitution stipulates that the exercise be conducted from 10am-2pm,” Kathenge said.
The suspension of the much anticipated swearing in ceremony was announced after Benson Mutura who was supposed to take oath of office was already seated in the chambers in readiness for the event.
Mutura was to be sworn in following the impeachment of former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at night by the Senate.
This comes after a total of 27 Senators had voted in support of the allegations levelled against the embattled Governor while 16 Senators voted opposing the claims. Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja and his Makueni counterpart Mutula Kilonzo Junior did not participate in the voting exercise.
Benson Mutura is expected to take over the Governorship of Nairobi County from embattled former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko once he is sworn in for a maximum period of 60-days under which the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will conduct a by-election.
The former Makadara Member of Parliament was elected as the Speaker of the Nairobi County Assembly in August 2020 following the resignation of the former Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi.
His candidature as the Nairobi County Speaker was backed up by both the ruling Jubilee party and the Opposition party Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).