Ann Kananu Mwenda: Little-Known Criminologist Who Became Nairobi Governor Without Sweat

Ann Kananu
Ann Kananu. [Photo/ Courtesy]

Ann Kananu Mwenda is set to become the third governor for Nairobi after the Court of Appeal threw out a petition by former governor Mike Sonko barring her swearing in.

In their ruling, the three-judge bench ruled that Sonko’s petittion lacked merit, hence paving way for Kananu’s swearing in as the third Nairobi governor.

“Ultimately, for the foregoing reasons, our finding is that this application does not meet the threshold set for applications under Rule 5(2)(b) of the Court of Appeal Rules. The upshot is that the application dated 29th June, 2021 is without merit and the same is hereby dismissed with costs to the respondents,”

read the ruling in part.

Prior to her nomination as deputy governor on January 6, 2020, Ms Mwenda maintained a low-key profile. At the time, she was the Nairobi County Chief Officer for Disaster Management and Coordination, a position she had held for two years.

She was married to the late Philip Njiru Muthathai who died in January 2019 following a road accident.

Before she was appointed to be in-charge of the county’s Disaster Management and Coordination docket, she served as a security supervisor in charge of quality control and training at the Kenya Airports Authority for 13 years.

Prior to that, she worked as a personal assistant at H. Mogambi & Co Advocates as well as Mokir Enterprises, which was a Safaricom Consultancy firm responsible for handling customer services.

Ms. Mwenda also previously served as a switchboard operator at the Kenya College of Communications Technology.

She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology and Security Management from Dedan Kimathi University obtained in 2016.

She has a Diploma in Criminology and Security Management from St Paul’s University undertaken in 2013.

She also undertook two certificate courses in Human Resource Management and Public Relations at the University of Nairobi between 2011-2012.

She is also trained in disaster management and security as well as active shooting and hostage training.

Ms Mwenda cleared her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education at Our Lady of Mercy High School in 1999.

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