Even though the news turned out to be fake, majority of Nairobi county residents appeared to welcome the move by Governor Mike Sonko to nominate Canada-based lawyer Miguna Miguna as his deputy governor.
The locals argued that Miguna's confidence and firm approach to issues was what Nairobi needed to address the myriad of issues facing the city.
In an interview on Thursday, the sampled locals said that Sonko needs a hands-on deputy who is fearless to advance the county's development agenda.
"I think Sonko's move is in the right direction because Miguna Miguna is a darling of Nairobians and will deliver if he is approved as deputy governor, " Mercy Ikol, a Nairobi resident said.
Ikol said that Miguna has an understanding of the challenge's facing the city and will help Sonko in addressing them.
Kevin Mokera, a city resident also lauded Sonko's decision.
Mokera noted that Miguna was experienced and has the interest's of the people at heart.
"I think his passion for and agitation for human rights and rule of law will propel him to deliver as deputy governor if he is appointed ," Mr Mokera said.
However, a section of locals termed Sonko's decision as a big blunder.
They argued that Miguna will frustrate the Jubilee governor and push him out of power.
"Miguna has been Sonko's number one critic and I don't understand how the governor in his right thinking mind could nominate him for the deputy position," Sammy Mburu said.
Mburu observed that drama will be the order of the day at City Hall if Miguna is approved.
In the surprising move the governor was reported to have nominated Miguna as his deputy.
A letter circulated on social media showed that Sonko wrote to the Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Betraice Elachi on Wednesday arguing that Miguna met all the requirements to be his deputy.
The news however turned out to be fake.
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