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Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja on the spot over Attorney Lydia Kwamboka’s tenure

By Mercy Simiyu November 2nd, 2022 1 min read

Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja is under pressure to come clean on the role of suspended county Attorney Lydia Kwamboka’s continued stay in office.

Nairobi Members of the County Assembly (MCA’s) led by the Nairobi West ward’s Rex Omolleh questioned why Kwamboka was still in office despite the Nairobi County Assembly terminating her services via impeachment.

Sakaja did not name Kwamboka’s replacement when he unveiled his cabinet last week.

“The cabinet nominees are set to undergo vetting but there’s no Attorney as yet. There’s uncertainty that needs to be handled,” said Omolleh.

Omolleh insisted Kwamboka is illegally in office in a move that could present Sakaja with a legal nightmare.

The Nairobi County Assembly resolved to terminate the services of County Attorney Lydia Kwamboka last year.

The ward representatives adopted a report by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee that recommended the contract termination for abuse of office and operating without a valid advocate practicing certificate.

The report stemmed from an investigation by the committee that had been probing a petition by John Mark Ojiambo who sought the removal of Kwamboka ‘on behalf of Kenyan citizens and Nairobi taxpayers’.

Consequently, then Speaker Benson Mutura communicated the decision of the assembly to Deputy Governor Anne Kananu who was the acting Nairobi Governor.

In his petition, Ojiambo claimed Kwamboka was illegally in office since her one-year contract lapsed in 2018 while she was serving a suspension under the then-Governor Mike Sonko-led regime.

The county attorney was accused of single-sourcing Njenga Maina and Company Advocates to take up over 60 cases related to City Hall yet the law firm had not been pre-qualified to offer legal services to the county.

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