As the 2022 general election fast approaches, Nairobi Deputy Governor Anne Kananu Mwenda has declared that she will be contesting for the Nairobi Gubernatorial seat in the forthcoming general elections.
The Deputy Governor declared her interest for the Kenya’s Capital city gubernatorial seat during a function on Friday, March 26, 2021 and warned her political opponents to prepare themselves for a tough race for the seat.
DG Kananu said that she is determined to keep the seat even beyond her current term.
“Hata 2022 niko kwa debe, wakidhani naingia nitoke, nimeingia nikae. Nitapambana nao (I will be vying in 2022. For those who think I am only here for a little while, I am telling them that I am here to stay. We shall faceoff,” Kananu stated.
Kananu thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake partner Raila Odinga for believing in her claiming that she was the first beneficiary of the handshake.
Kananu took over the Nairobi county leadership following the impeachment of Mike Sonko who is currently facing various charges in court.
However, Sonko had stated that he would not vie for a second term as a governor after he won in the 2017 polls.
“I want to leave a legacy because I will not be running for a second term. I have never run for the same office twice in my political life, so why should this be the first time?
“I will deliver and leave an efficient office for Nairobians then move on to the next assignment for Kenyans,” Sonko said.
Kananu now joins Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino, who had also declared his interest for the Nairobi Gubernatorial seat.
“I will not just vie for the gubernatorial position; I will be the governor of Nairobi County after the 2022 elections. I am the only hope for the residents of Nairobi and in the future, I will also lead Kenya as its president,” Babu stated.
The Nairobi gubernatorial race is expected to attract more political bigwigs as the 2022 general elections approaches.