Ann Kananu Mwenda Profile, Bio, Education, Career, and More

Read more about Ann Kananu Mwenda profile, bio, education, career history, parents, husband, net worth, and more.

Ann Kananu Mwenda is a criminologist, politician, and public administrator from Kenya.

She rose from being a little-known County Chief Officer for Disaster Management in the Nairobi County Government under Mike Sonko to becoming Nairobi’s most powerful woman as Nairobi’s deputy governor in 2021.

Ann was previously the Nairobi County Governor between November 16, 2021, and August, 2022.

There are some fascinating facts about Ann Kananu Mwenda that you should be aware of.

Let us get started with Ann Kananu Mwenda profile.


Ann Kananu Mwenda profile


Born May 1980,

Embu County, Kenya

Nationality Kenyan
Education Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Security Management)


St. Paul’s University (Diploma in Criminology and Security Management)


University of Nairobi (Certificate in Human Resource Management and Certificate in Public Relations)


Our Lady of Mercy Girls Secondary School (secondary education)


St. Michael Primary School (primary education)


Career 2002-2003: personal assistant to the chief executive officer of Mokir Enterprises


2003-2004: personal assistant for H. Mogambi and CO. Advocates


2018: Nairobi County Chief Officer in charge of Disaster Management and Coordination

2019: Nairobi County as chief officer of water

January 2021-November 2021: Nairobi County deputy governor

November 2021-August 2022: Nairobi County governor

Title Former Nairobi County governor
Predecessor Mike Mbuvi Sonko
Successor John Sakaja


Biography of Ann Kananu Mwenda

Ann Kananu was born in Embu County in May 1980.

She is a brilliant scholar with degrees from several universities.

She has also worked for Mokir Enterprises, Mogambi & Co. Advocates, and the County Government of Nairobi in various positions.

Following the impeachment of ex-governor Mike Sonko, Ann Kananu served as Nairobi County deputy governor from January 15, 2021, to November 16, 2021, after being approved by the County Legislature.

As of November 16, 2021 to August 2022, Ann was serving as the governor of Nairobi County.


Ann Kananu Mwenda education

Anne Kananu began her education at St. Michael Primary School before proceeding to Our Lady of Mercy Girls Secondary School in Tharaka Nithi, where she completed her secondary education in 1999.

She graduated from Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Security Management.

This is in addition to the Diploma in Criminology and Security Management obtained from St. Paul’s University in 2013.

She also holds a Certificate in Human Resource Management and a Certificate in Public Relations, both awarded by the University of Nairobi between 2011 and 2013.

Besides, Ann also has a Certificate in Crisis Management from AVSEC, as well as a Female Screening Training Certificate and Man Portable Air Defense Systems (Man Pads Training) from the US Department of Homeland Security.

Furthermore, she is also trained in Disaster Management and Security, as well as Active Shooting and Hostage training.


Ann Kananu Mwenda career history

Ann Kananu worked in customer service and as the Chief Executive Officer’s personal assistant at Mokir Enterprises from 2002 to 2003 [Mokir Enterprises was a Safaricom Consultancy Firm in charge of customer services].

Ann also worked as a personal assistant for H. Mogambi & Co. Advocates from 2003 to 2004.

Ms. Kananu, at some point, also served as a switchboard operator at the Kenya College of Communications Technology.

Furthermore, she previously worked for the Kenya Airports Authority for 13 years as a security supervisor in charge of Quality Control and Training before becoming the Nairobi County Chief Officer in charge of Disaster Management and Coordination in May 2018.

In November 2019, Ann was appointed to Nairobi County as chief officer of water, and later on January 6, 2020, she was nominated as the deputy governor of Nairobi County, a position that had been vacant for two years after Polycarp Igathe quit.

Ann Kananu managed to push through all the hurdles until January 15, 2021, when she was sworn in as the Nairobi deputy governor and served until November 16 2021.

She later served as the governor of Nairobi County from November 16, 2021 to August 2022.

Prior to the August 2022 general elections, she said that she would no longer defend her seat in the elections, but would support Paul Igathe’s bid for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat.


Ann Kananu Mwenda age

Ms. Ann Kananu was born in May 1980 [as of the year 2022, Ann is 42 years old].

Subtract her birth year from the current year to get the correct age, however.


Ann Kananu Mwenda family

Ann Kananu was brought up alongside her six siblings by both parents.

She was the youngest of the seven in the family.

Sadly, she lost her father, a former accountant, in 1990.

Also, she was married to the late Philip Njiru Muthathai, who died in a grisly road accident in 2019.

The couple had been blessed with three children.


Ann Kananu Mwenda parents

Ann Kananu’s mother is from Meru, while her father was from Tharaka Nithi.

Her mother, Esther Gakii Mwenda, is a retired nurse who currently lives in Githurai 45 in Kiambu County.

Unfortunately, her dad, a former accountant, passed away in 1990.


Ann Kananu Mwenda husband

Ms. Ann Kananu was married to the late Philip Njiru Muthathai.

The couple had been blessed with three children: Pyton Kariuki, Payden Mwaki Njiru, and Benjamin Abincha.

Unfortunately, Phillip succumbed to a terrific road accident in January 2019.

Philip Njiru was working at NSSF prior to his death.


Ann kananu net worth

Just like any other politician, Ann Kananu lives a cozy lifestyle.

Her net worth is estimated to be over Kshs. 250 million.

Additionally, she also owns a luxurious house and a posh car.


Ann kananu contacts

Twitter – @MwendaKananu


Instagram- @ann_mwenda


Ann kananu Mwenda Profile wrap up

Ann Kananu Mwenda profile and biography is enthralling, with her meteoric rise from security supervisor to Nairobi governor.

Her appointment as deputy governor and later governor was an inspiration and a well-deserved reward for how she has served Nairobi County during her tenure in office.



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