Acting Nairobi deputy governor Anne Kananu today paid a courtesy call to ODM leader Raila Odinga at his Nairobi home as the opposition chief recovers from COVID-19.
In her visit, Kananu presented two goats to the former Prime Minister in the presence of his wife, Ida Odinga.
The visit comes just a few days after the nominated deputy governor declared her interest in vying for the Nairobi gubernatorial post in the 2022 General Election.
Speaking during a function in Nairobi early this month, Kananu told her critics that she does not intend to go home in 2022.
The soon-to-be third deputy governor of Nairobi County alluded her success at City hall to President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, saying that she was a product of the handshake.
“I want to thank President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. I am the firstborn child of the Handshake and I won’t let them down.
I will be on the ballot 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 face-off, they should not think that I am here just for a while, I am here to stay,” Said Anne Kananu.
These sentiments were a change of tune from her earlier stand when she was sworn into office in January 2021. Then, Kananu vowed not to engage in politics but only serve Nairobians.
She only pledged to prioritise service delivery in Nairobi County for the sake of the social and economic development of the City and well-being of residents.
“I’m not a politician and I will not start being one. I am focused on bringing a new spirit of cooperation, collaboration, partnership and mutual respect with all organs of the government,” She said during her swearing-in ceremony.
It appears she is realizing in politics you need the blessing of those who went ahead of you hence her visit to seek goodwill from Raila Odinga.
The ODM leader remains a very influential political figure and it is believed he will play an active role in the upcoming General Election.