Jubilee leaders next plan after Igathe’s resignation


Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and his deputy Polycarp Igathe during a press address in 2017. PHOTO|...
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and his deputy Polycarp Igathe during a press address in 2017. PHOTO|COURTESY

Jubilee Party leaders are making last-minute efforts to try and broker a truce between Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and his deputy Polycarp Igathe who announced he would be resigning from City Hall effective January 31, 2018.

Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria on Sunday confirmed that together with Senator Johnson Sakaja and other Nairobi Jubilee County leaders, they would be trying to mend the broken ties between Sonko and Igathe.

Kuria, however, disapproved Igathe’s resignation calling on the former Vivo Energy Kenya boss to realise that the deputy governor’s office is a political post, hence, he should be thick-skinned.

“The deputy governor post is still a political office. It may be filled by a technocrat but it is still a political office that needs the kind of navigation and suaveness like any other position. I have a lot of respect for Polycarp Igathe but I don’t support what he did. Don’t expect roses in politics,” said Kuria.

“When someone is picking a political position, he should be ready to handle it. Don’t expect to be greeted with a bunch of flowers. You should be aware that Sonko is the governor and he calls the shots,” Kuria added.

Kuria noted that the resignation of Mr. Igathe was a blow to Jubilee, considering the ruling party regards the Capital as its key political zone having clinched it from the opposition.

“I’d tell them (Sonko and Igathe) to subject themselves to the bigger goal that is serving the people of Nairobi. We have had five wasted years this is not the time to fight because we are still celebrating the fact that the county of Nairobi is in the hands of Jubilee,” said the Gatundu South MP.

Considering the law is silent on the replacement of a deputy governor, Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen is now working on legislative proposals that could enable a Governor appoint a new deputy should the one in office resign, die or be incapacitated.

Nairobi County Assembly Majority Abdi Guyo reiterated Kuria’s stand, saying County Assembly Members would be seeking to meet Sonko and Igathe to seek a common ground.

“The resignation of Igathe was definitely unexpected to us as Jubilee but as per the law this will not deter the governor from executing his mandate. I have spoken with the deputy governor and we have agreed we will have a meeting together with the governor and try and resolve this issue,” said Guyo.

With President Uhuru Kenyatta set to jet back to the country on Sunday from South Africa, a process is expected to be initiated to bring Igathe and Sonko together and avoid a political embarrassment from the fallout.

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